23 May 2010

New government urged to maintain home improvement funding

With the formation of the Conservative/ Liberal Democrat Coalition Government at Westminster residents in Vassall Ward are deeply concerned about the status of Lambeth’s £233million decent homes funding bid.

During the local election campaign Vassall Ward Councillor Kingsley Abrams spoke to a number of Vassall residents who needed urgent repairs carried out on their properties. Other residents also need basic improvements carried out such as new kitchens, bathrooms and windows.

Councillor Abrams has raised the issue with Lambeth Council and sought clarification on the £233million funding bid that the council has made to central government under the decent homes initiative - this was introduced by the Labour government to bring all homes up to an acceptable standard. The Council stated that it was unable to confirm the status of the funding but that discussions had been held with the Home and Communities Agency.

Vassall Ward Councillor Kingsley Abrams said: “It is vital that the new Coalition Government responds positively to Lambeth’s £233m decent homes funding bid. Too many residents in my Ward are suffering from damp homes and need new kitchens, bathrooms and windows. The residents in my ward should not have to put up with such bad housing conditions.”