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Decent Homes and council housing finance

Since 2001 the number of non-decent homes in the social housing sector has been reduced by 1.1 million and nearly 86 per cent of all social homes are now decent. By April 2011 it is expected that only 304,000 social homes will be non-decent. Agreements have been made with some social landlords for delivery to be after that date, where it is necessary to achieve better value for money or higher standards of housing.

Preparations are being made to ensure that this standard is maintained in the future. The Reform of Council Housing Finance includes plans to safeguard the future quality of council homes, improve the shared and common areas of estates and ensure that there is sufficient funding for this in the new system.

The reforms propose to replace the current centralised finance system with one that devolves financing and accountability to local councils. This would free councils from the current annual funding decisions and enable them to plan long term, secure greater efficiencies, improve the management of their homes and the quality of service to their tenants.  

The reforms involve fundamental change in the relationship between councils and central government, making councils more independent and more accountable to their tenants for the services they provide and fund. It also places councils once again in a position to start building new council housing to help the most needy in the community.

More information is available on the reform of council housing finance page which also provides links to pages on the current council housing finance system and related topics.

For a general definition of the Decent Homes Standard please see - What is a decent home? .

For detailed guidance social housing landlords should visit the Homes and Communities Agency's decent homes page (external link).

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