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Minister launches full assessment of the Decent Homes Programme

But he said that the poorest performing councils appeared to be going backwards and he wanted to make they were not letting their tenants down and are getting the benefits of the lessons learned by the best.

Mr Healey was particularly concerned that 27 local authorities had actually seen an increase in their non decent stock, 13 still had over half their stock non decent and 10 still had a third of their housing stock non decent.

Thanks to over £33bn of investment the programme has already made sure that 86 per cent of council or housing association properties are decent, improving the lives of millions of tenants. By 2010 over £40bn will have been invested with 92 per cent of homes decent, and the government remains committed to fully funding and completing the programme so that all homes were made decent.

Mr Healey said that this assessment would enable landlords to share best practice, providing a helping hand to those councils struggling to make sure all their tenants lived in a decent home, and ensuring that the standards achieved in recent years are maintained in the future.
As well as providing improved, more energy efficient social homes the Decent Homes programme has also encouraged better ways of working and managing homes, giving tenants more say and created employment opportunities across the country.

Housing Minister John Healey said;

"In 1997 we inherited over two million homes in disrepair and we have taken great strides in making sure tenants have a decent home. Unprecedented government investment and help has meant that next year a total of 92 per cent of our public homes will be at a decent level, but I want to go further. This government remains committed to making sure that all public homes are made decent. 

"I am concerned some of the poorest performing local authorities are going backwards and I want to make sure they are not letting their tenants down and are getting the benefits of lessons learned in their area. This assessment will highlight all we’ve achieved as well as all we’ve learned along the way."

Social landlords are being invited to submit evidence about the successes of their decent homes programmes and any lessons they have learnt along the way.  Researchers will be appointed to undertake additional field work and write the report.

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