Pressure to prioritise Decent Homes Funding for estates in worst condition

PUBLISHED: 13:12 01 February 2013 | UPDATED: 13:12 01 February 2013

Dilapidated housing blocks in Tower Hamlets should be given priority when government cash is allocated, councillors have urged.

Among the high-rise blocks identified as in “desperate” need of repairs using cash from the government’s Decent Homes Scheme is Brodick House in Saxon Road, Bow.

Labour councillors are now pushing for action to tackle the issue sooner rather than later.

The Party’s spokesman for housing, Cllr Sirajul Islam, said: “We are clear that those whose homes are in the greatest need are given priority for Decent Homes work.”

Residents say they are growing increasingly frustrated with the delays they are experiencing in receiving the repairs they are waiting for.

William Jones, who has lived in social housing in Flamborough Street, Limehouse, for 15 years, believes the Decent Homes Funding is not coming through quickly enough to improve people’s living conditions.

“They are waiting for the government to pay when they should really be getting it out of the present budget”, the 69-year-old said.

“If it needs doing it should be coming out of their budget now. You can see the neglect. They have let it go to rack and ruin here”, he added.

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