Due to the coalition government, Stevenage is set to invest more than £24 million in its housing stock, following the award of government funding.
Allocated by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the Decent Homes Backlog funding will pay for improvements to council homes across Stevenage, including new kitchens, bathrooms, central heating systems and rewires.
Stevenage Borough Council originally bid for the funding two years ago and has received £10.6million over the past two years. The HCA has now confirmed that Stevenage will receive a further £13.9million, which means that £24.5 million will be invested in Stevenage homes by 2015. This will enable the council to bring 90% of its housing stock up to Decent Homes standard.
Stevenage Borough Council’s own building maintenance operation is working with two contractors, Keepmoat and Wates, to carry out the improvements to council housing.
Thanks to this extra government funding, the Decent Homes funding will contribute to the areas housing stock and further assist in much needed investment in Stevenage.