Decent homes goal missed by 10 per cent
More than 10 per cent of social housing failed to meet the decent homes standard when the original deadline for compliance passed.
The Labour government had initially intended that all homes should meet the criteria by the end of 2010, although it later backed away from that goal as it became clear it was unrealistic.
Provisional figures published today by the Communities and Local Government department show 10.2 per cent of social housing was non-decent on 1 April 2010. This is down from 14.5 per cent a year earlier.
For local authority stock, the percentage of non-decent homes declined from 22 to 16.2 per cent during the year, while for registered social landlord stock the percentage of non-decent homes declined from 8.3 to 5.3 per cent.
The figures predict that 100,973 local authority homes will remain non-decent in 2015, down from the current figure of 290,070.
Local authorities owned 1.79 million homes on 1 April 2010, compared to 1.8 million a year earlier.
A full set of results from local authorities will be published at the end of 2010.
Homes and Communities Agency chief executive Sir Bob Kerslake recently estimated it would take £3.2 billion to bring all remaining non-decent social housing stock up to the standard.