Tower Hamlets Council is celebrating the news that it has secured £13.2 million in funds for its Decent Homes programme.
The money awarded to the Council from the Greater London Authority (GLA) will be used to make 917 homes in the borough decent by March 2016.
The funding complements the significant investment of £181 million from the GLA and Council resources to make homes in Tower Hamlets modern, warm and watertight.
It has made a huge different to the lives of residents. For example, resident Ms Rahela Begum, who said: “Our new kitchen and bathroom are great. The work was completed to a really high quality and they made every effort to minimise disruption. It’s made a huge difference to our lives.”
Since the backlog programme started in April 2011, Tower Hamlets has made 5,192 homes decent. The extra money invested from the GLA will see this number rise to over 6,000 homes.
By March 2016, the proportion of non-decent homes in Tower Hamlets will have fallen to under 10%. This is a very different story to 2010 – when the vast majority (77%) of homes managed by Tower Hamlets Homes were not up to the decent standard.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, said: “Investment in housing in recent years has been a key priority and has been a great success – whether it be improving our existing housing stock, building new housing for our residents, or negotiating with property developers to ensure that buildings have a good amount of social and affordable housing. Today’s recognition from the GLA is part of this success.”
Cllr Rabina Khan, cabinet member for housing and development, said:
“The Decent Homes programme is a once in a lifetime investment into the borough’s housing stock. The programme will significantly improve the quality of their accommodation, with new kitchens, bathrooms and heating, and a particular focus on those most vulnerable – ensuring they have the right aids and adaptations fitted.”
All of this ties in with the Council’s strategy – A great place to live. This strategy aims to make the borough a place where people live in quality affordable housing, located in clean and safe neighbourhoods, served by well-connected and easy to access services and community facilities.