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Thousands of Lambeth tenants are set to benefit from improvements that will bring all the council's homes up to the Lambeth Housing Standard.
The new standard has emerged from extensive consultation and one of the biggest resident engagement exercises of its kind, with over 5,600 helping to shape it.
The improvements – which will cost almost £500milion – will be carried out through a five year programme – starting later this year and running until 2017.
The new standard goes beyond the Decent Homes Standard as set by the government and will see homes across the borough benefit from investment to make them safe, warm and dry. The Lambeth Housing Standard is the blueprint guiding investment and improvements in the housing stock over the next five years.
The Lambeth Housing standard is realistic, affordable and is based on what residents say are the most important things to do with the money that is available. During the wide-ranging engagement exercise residents were able to prioritise improvements to their homes.
People wanted everyone to have good windows and to keep them maintained. They want gutters to be brought up to standard and the exterior of blocks to be painted. They also thought that bathrooms should be upgraded and old kitchens should be replaced.
Almost half of Lambeth's homes already meet the standard so the programme will concentrate on the estates that need the most work. In the first year £50m has been allocated to kickstart the programme and work will focus on those areas with the greatest need. Over 2,500 homes will benefit from the Lambeth Housing Standard in year one with 19,194 to benefit in future years.
Lambeth Council, Lambeth Living and URH have worked with tenants to set the standard and will work together to deliver it..
Cllr. Lib Peck, Lambeth Council cabinet member for housing said:
“We are taking pride in our homes and are committed to significant investment to improve standards across all of our housing stock.
Thank you to all the residents that took part in the consultation and helped to shape the Lambeth Housing Standard.
We now move on to delivering the programme – work will start in April 2012 and in the first year there will be improvements made to over 2,500 homes. "