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Council housing makeovers scaled down after £50m cut
RUN-DOWN homes across the borough could miss out on vital work to bring them up to a liveable standard after Haringey Council missed out on millions of pounds in funding.
Haringey Council was awarded £36million to carry out repairs until 2013 with a pledge of £34m provisional funding in the two years after that subject to an ongoing Government review of spending on council-owned properties.
It means the council has suffered a £50m cut in the funding it was allocated in 2008 to complete the Decent Homes programme – a Government initiative to ensure all council housing stock is modern and fit for families to live in.
The council had anticipated £44m in 2011/12 and £41m for 2012/13.
Council Leader Claire Kober, said: "The Government's funding cuts will deal a massive blow to residents across the borough who have patiently waited to see new kitchens, bathrooms and windows installed.
"With the reduced resources available, we will continue to maximise every penny so we make as many homes decent as possible. However given the scale of the cuts this will clearly mean residents missing out."
The council and Homes for Haringey, who manage its housing stock, will have to spend the next few months prioritising outstanding works through consultation with tenants.
Phil Goodwin, a council tenant who vice-chairs the Homes for Haringey board, said: "This news will be devastating to residents still waiting for work, especially as they have seen so much work carried out across the borough since 2008.
"I was elected to the board with a commitment to deliver decent homes and I remain dedicated to this cause. In the short term however we now need a conversation with our residents about how we can seek to meet their aspirations with less money."
Local authorities across the country applied for the vital funding but only 46 were successful.
Bids from 24 other council's were rejected including a submission from Barnet.