Decent homes focus for review priorities
An extra £360 million will be needed under the 2004 spending review to bring properties in the public and private sector up to the decent homes standard, according to the Local Government Association.The LGA's housing executive approved the figure for 2006/08 on Wednesday ahead of its submission to the forthcoming spending review. LGA housing consultant David Thompson said the figure was arrived at in the light of the fact that it appeared more than 100 councils had yet to assemble strategies for the delivery of decent homes which were rated fit for purpose.And resourcing requirements would also be affected by the assembly of strategies for meeting the 2010 target for housing for vulnerable people in the private sector. The LGA is also to request an additional £400 million for Supporting People as it says that in developing the programme the total size of the budget requirement has grown from £1.4 billion to £1.8 billion. The Challenge Fund and English Partnerships expenditure should be increased during the 2004 review period by a total of £200 million based on a formula which includes land value inflation.