MORE than 8,000 tenants in Doncaster are set to see their homes transformed after £17 million worth of funding was secured.
The money means scores of homes across the town will continue to be refurbished for the next three years.
The announcement comes after Doncaster Council and St Leger Homes of Doncaster – which manages 21,000 homes for the authority – received news that the Homes and Community Agency has confirmed the allocation of Decent Homes funding for the financial years 2013 to 2015. The money was previously an indicative amount.
The cash will be used to transform 8,195 homes across the borough where tenants have had energy-efficiency work carried out, including new windows, doors and boilers and external cladding on some flats and houses.
Now internal improvement work will be carried out which could include new kitchens, bathrooms, rewiring and any necessary external work such as roof replacement and pointing.
It means Doncaster’s Decent Homes Programme – a multi-million pound revamp of council homes – will be completed by the end of 2015.
The work has been ongoing since 2006 and, once completed, will have seen just over £302 million invested into council homes in Doncaster.
Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies said: “This is excellent news for Doncaster. It means tenants who have seen the outside of their homes improved will now see the inside transformed as well over the next few years. It also means this will complete the massive improvement programme on all of the council homes in the borough.”
Cabinet member for housing, Coun Barbara Hoyle, added: “This is the final work that needs carrying out under the Decent Homes Programme. I am sure these tenants will be pleased to hear that in the next few years they will see their homes undergo this revamp.”
Susan Jordan, St Leger Chief Executive, said: “This money means we can complete all the planned improvement work in the borough.
“A lot of our homes have been improved already, and having his money confirmed means we can complete the programme.”