Sutton needs decent homes - Brake

January 26, 2011 12:16 PM

Local MP Tom Brake has called on the Government to fund much needed improvements to social housing in Sutton. Sutton Housing Partnership is bidding for £84 million of Government money to improve social housing across the borough.

The reduced bid follows the devastating u-turn by the last Government which redirected the £112 million in funding that had been earmarked to improve homes in Sutton towards building new homes in the Midlands and elsewhere. That decision was partially reversed by the previous Government when limited funding was made available for the year starting in April 2010.

In a Parliamentary debate last Thursday on 'Decent Homes', Tom highlighted the inadequacy of housing on estates such as St Helier, which were built in the 1930s and subsequently had box bathrooms built on to the back of the properties. Tom described how many of the properties, 'are poorly insulated and the box bathrooms need to be replaced.'

With plans and contractors already in place, Sutton Housing Partnership have been keen to stress the benefits of the Sutton bid, which would also help to generate apprenticeships for local young people.

Following the debate Tom Brake said, 'Everyone should be able to live in a property of a decent standard. That is why this funding is needed so desperately and why the whole community has been working so hard to secure it.''

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