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Cash to spruce up pensioners’ run-down council homes

PUBLISHED: 18:12 19 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:58 05 October 2010

TOWN Hall cash has been found to redecorate 400 homes for pensioners and the disabled on run down former council estates in London’s East End. The money is from a £4 million kitty that Town Hall bosses put aside last year for home improvements in properties run by Tower Hamlets Homes

TOWN Hall cash has been found to redecorate 400 homes for pensioners, the disabled and other vulnerable’ tenants on run down former council estates in London’s East End.

The money is from a £4 million kitty that Town Hall bosses put aside last year for home improvements in properties run by Tower Hamlets Homes.

The housing organisation’s chief Gavin Cansfield said: “It’s not just about wallpaper and paint—we’re helping the vulnerable like the elderly stay independent in their own homes. This funding helps those who need it most.”

The cash windfall follows a policy u-turn after years of sparse Town Hall investment in public housing and offloading council estates onto privately-run associations.

The council’s housing and development cabinet member Marc Francis said: “There can be few better uses for this cash than redecorating homes of the most vulnerable.”

Tenants automatically become eligible for the scheme, which includes wallpapering living rooms and repainting kitchens, when they reach 65 or reach 60 if disabled.


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