Haringey Council delays “decent homes” improvement programme 17 Jun 2011

More than nine thousand Haringey Council tenants have been informed that planned works to upgrade kitchens and bathrooms in their homes have been delayed and will not commence for at least another year.

The “Decent Homes Programme” which was introduced by the Labour government was set up to ensure social sector housing and private sector housing for vulnerable people was of a standard as outline in the programme. The coalition government, have confirmed they are cutting the programme’s budget, which will have an impact on councils across London.

Haringey Council have said that as a result of these cuts work would now focus on windows, doors, roofs and health and safety work. Although kitchens and bathrooms will now not be replaced in the time period previously set out, they have said repairs would continue as normal.

Tenants, many of whom are long standing residents of the borough who have seen these works further delayed  now fear that they will never be completed or that not all residents will benefit from the works that are carried out.

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