8,000 tenants to get home revamp from £17m funds

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More than 8,000 tenants in Doncaster will see their homes transformed after £17 million of funding has been secured.

Doncaster Council and St Leger Homes of Doncaster have received news that the Homes and Community Agency has confirmed the allocation of Decent Homes funding for the financial years 2013-2015.

The money was previously an indicative amount.

The money will be used to transform 8,195 homes across the borough.

These tenants have previously seen their homes have energy efficiency work carried out which includes new windows, doors and boilers and external cladding on some flats and houses.

Now internal improvement work will be carried out, which can include new kitchens, bathrooms, rewiring and any necessary external work such as roof replacement and pointing.

It means Doncaster’s Decent Homes Programme – a multimillion pound revamp of council homes – will be completed by the end of 2015.

The work has been on- going since 2006 and once completed will have seen just over £302 million invested into council homes in Doncaster.

St Leger Homes of Doncaster is the organisation that manages the 21,000 council homes for Doncaster Council.

Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies welcomed the news that will signal the improvement plan on all council homes in Doncaster.

He added: “This is excellent news for Doncaster. It means tenants who have seen the outside of their homes improved will now see the inside transformed as well over the next few years.

“It also means this will complete the massive improvement programme on all of the council homes in the borough.”

Cabinet member for housing, Cllr Barbara Hoyle, added: “This is the final work that needs carrying out under the Decent Homes Programme.

“I am sure that these tenants will be pleased to hear that in the next few years they will see their homes undergo this revamp.”

Susan Jordan, Chief Executive of St Leger Homes of Doncaster, added: “This money means we can complete all of the planned improvement work on the council houses in the borough.

“A lot of our homes have been improved already and having his money confirmed means that we can complete the Decent Homes Programme.”

St Leger Homes is working in partnership with Bramall Construction, Henry Boot Construction Ltd and Wates Living Space, to bring all homes up to the Government’s ‘Decent Homes’ standard.

The Decent Homes Standard incorporates four main criteria, the statutory minimum fitness standard for housing, repair, modern facilities and services and thermal comfort.

St Leger Homes was set up by Doncaster Council in 2005 to manage the day-to-day running of council homes and now manage around 21,000 homes.