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Housing: Eltham

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties in Eltham have been improved as a result of the Government’s Decent Homes programme; and how much she estimates will have been spent when it is completed. (126683)

We do not hold decency figures by parliamentary constituency but by local authority area and local authorities started reporting on decent homes in 2002.

The council housing stock owned by the royal borough of Greenwich in 2006 was 25,007. Between 2002 and 2006 the number of non-decent council homes was reduced by 11,043.

The cost per house of meeting the decent homes standard varies across the country and the Department does not collect those figures separately. Some local authorities are refurbishing the houses in their area significantly above the decent homes standard. What the improved standard is and how it will be achieved will be determined by local circumstances and the level of resources that can be brought to the programme locally. The Government expect over £40 billion to be spent on refurbishing social homes by 2010, this includes raising houses above the decent homes standard.