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Third of council homes below standard

PUBLISHED: 15:05 10 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:20 03 March 2010

ALMOST a third of all Ipswich's council homes have failed a new government test.

The government has introduced a new Decent Homes Standard – outlining minimum requirements for publicly-owned housing – and 3000 of the council's 9,000 homes do not come up to scratch.

ALMOST a third of all Ipswich's council homes have failed a new government test.

The government has introduced a new Decent Homes Standard – outlining minimum requirements for publicly-owned housing – and 3000 of the council's 9,000 homes do not come up to scratch.

The new standard is tougher than previous government benchmarks, and full details were published by the Department of Transport, Local Government, and the Regions (DTLR) yesterday.

Civic Centre officials are hoping to start work on improving the standards of homes which failed the standard as soon as possible.

However work is likely to be delayed because an item on today's Executive Committee agenda was being deferred until more money becomes available.

The council has until April 2004 to complete the upgrade of a third of the homes which failed the test.

The remaining two thirds have to be finished by 2010 – but council officials are aware that by then some of the homes which meet the standard now will be falling behind.

The new standard takes into account the age of roofs, kitchens, bathrooms and electrical systems.

A total of 2,820 council homes in the town need new central heating systems – and 3,525 need their electrical systems to be upgraded.

A decent home - a Government guide

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