25% cuts to decent homes maintainence budget

“The government’s Decent Homes programme will suffer a lack of funding in the coming years as a result of budget cuts, council documents seen by the Hackney Post reveal.

This could mean that vital maintenance work on the interior of properties goes uncompleted.

Jacque Collins has received help through the programme. Photo: Katie Linsell

The programme, which has been running since 2006 and originally aimed to improve all council housing in the borough by 2012, will have £18.9m less funding than previously indicated.

Before the government spending cuts were implemented, it was anticipated that approximately £80.4m would be spent on the project over the next four years. Now that figure has been reduced to £61.5m – 23.5 per cent lower than thought.

A spokeswoman for Hackney Homes said: “The sum is much less than originally anticipated and as such, we will have less resources to carry out Decent Homes works than were planned.”


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