Recent announcements on repairs and adaptations

Repairs

For the first time in more than a decade the number of non-decent homes in the owner-occupied sector has increased, rising from 2,694,000 in 2015 to 2,912,000 in 2016 – 19.7% of sector stock.

See the latest English Housing Survey Headline report (2016-17) and a blog from Sue Adams from Care & Repair England on the impact http://careandrepair-england.org.uk/2018/01/perfect-storm/

Adaptations

The additional £42m capital grant for home adaptations (announced in the 2017 Autumn Statement) has now been paid out *directly to Local Housing Authorities.

On 24 January the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published a statement to this effect, noting that the council receiving the biggest share is Birmingham, paid £1,007,785.

At the time of the original announcement some local authorities expressed concern about their capacity to complete works and spend the capital in the current financial year.

However, many areas have been working to streamline systems, including creating fast track arrangements, or reviewing the scope for carrying forward other funds into 2018-2019 and using this additional money first.

*DFG main funding is paid via the Better Care Fund

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