Social housing refurbishment push continues

19 October 2006
The 2006 Housing Transfer Programme has been expanded by 24 councils, with a further 14 to have further discussions on the extension of their own programme as part of the government's social housing refurbishment drive.

More than 94,000 homes will be included in the drive over the next two years, with the government expecting to improve existing council homes and build new developments to improve the overall quality of accommodation.

The property ladder is proving more and more elitist for many families on lower incomes and housing minister Yvette Cooper has reiterated the government's commitment to dragging social housing into the 21st century.

"Social housing must meet modern standards," she said. "It is not fair that…some social tenants should be living in houses without decent kitchens or bathrooms or even without proper heating or with old leaky windows."

Ms Cooper claimed that the number of "non-decent" homes had fallen by one million since 1997 as part of the government-sponsored drive.

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