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Funding reduced for Doncaster 'decent' housing scheme

Funding for council houses in Doncaster to be brought up to a "decent standard" has been cut, the council has said.

Doncaster Council will receive £46.9m over four years from the Department for Communities and Local Government to improve its council properties.

But the council said it had expected £78m and needed to "identify the impact" of the reduction.

Hull City Council said it "welcomed" the £2.5m it would receive by 2015 for the Decent Homes Programme.

'Non-decent'

Patrick Wilson, from Doncaster Council, said: "St Leger Homes and the Council are working together to identify the impact of government reductions in the Decent Homes Programme.

"As soon as we get a clearer picture of how this funding cut affects the published decency programme we will be consulting with our tenants and councillors on the options available."

The funding is part of £1.6bn being issued nationally to bring 150,000 council homes up to a "decent standard" and aims to provide a minimum standard of housing for council tenants.

'Council success'

Rick Welton, from Hull City Council, said: "We welcome this funding announcement and the recognition of the continuing need for investment in Hull's housing stock, building on the council's success so far in our Decent Homes programme."

Housing Minister Grant Shapps said: "To reflect our commitment to fairness and protecting the most vulnerable people in our society, we set aside over £2bn at the Spending Review.

"Too many families live in non-decent accommodation, so I am pleased that so many of them will see a difference due to this funding."

The funding will be used to improve properties considered "non-decent" including those with bathrooms which are more than 30 years old.

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