All Councils in Yorkshire and The Humber are working towards the deadline of 2010 for making their stock decent. Some have already transferred their stock to a Registered Social Landlord (RSL) or set up an ALMO (Arms Length Management Organisation). Others are confident that they can meet the target using their own resources.
All option appraisals were signed off by the July 2005 deadline and local authorities are now working towards their chosen option.
The list below gives details of options chosen for all the Yorkshire and Humber authorities, listing Local Authority and the option they have chosen:
Barnsley : ALMO
Bradford : Stock transferred to Bradford Community Housing Trust
Calderdale : Stock transferred to Pennine Housing
Craven : Stock transferred
Doncaster : ALMO
East Riding : to retain their stock
Hambleton : Stock transferred
Harrogate : to retain their stock
Hull : to retain their stock
Kirklees : ALMO
Leeds : ALMO
North East Lincolnshire : stock transferred to Shoreline
North Lincolnshire : working towards stock transfer.
Richmondshire : to retain their stock
Rotherham : ALMO
Ryedale : Stock transferred
Scarborough : Stock transferred
Selby : Working towards stock transfer
Sheffield: ALMO but small scale transfer schemesbeing developed for certain areas
Wakefield : stock transferred to Wakefield and District Homes
York: to retain their stock
Decent Homes in the Private Sector
The Government’s target for private sector decent homes is that there should be an annual increase in the proportion of vulnerable households (defined as those receiving benefits) living in decent homes so that this reaches 65% by 2006/07 and more than 70% by 2010/11. We realise that this will require close working with all Local Authorities and recognise the challenges in meeting the target. We’ll be working with LAs over the coming months.
Decent Homes in the RSL sector
The Housing Corporation is responsible for RSLs meeting the decent home target, which includes Associations set up as a result of stock transfer.
The Regional Housing Board has overall responsibility for ensuring the region meets the target.
Yorkshire and The Humber Regional Affordable Warmth Action Plan
In January 2005 regional organisations recognised the increasing need to join together to develop a better co-ordinated partnership approach to tackling fuel poverty. The development of the Regional Affordable Warmth Action Plan has been led by the Government Office for Yorkshire and The Humber and facilitated by National Energy Action, the national fuel poverty charity.