Borough’s housing spend pays off

By James Renoux-Wood - Wed 17 December 2014, 11:45 am

Barking and Dagenham Council has announced it is investing more in housing than any other borough in London.

Its annual spend on housing of £11 million has seen 669 homes built in the last year, according to the authority, including 38 bungalows for older residents, which it said has freed up three and four bedroom-houses for locals on waiting lists.

The council also said work has been done on bathrooms, kitchens and electrical appliances at 3,247 homes, since it introduced its Internal Decent Homes programme in 2013.

Deputy leader and cabinet member for housing, Councillor Saima Ashraf, said: “Despite the financial constraints on councils across the country, we are proud to be undertaking the biggest home building programme since the 1960s to meet the growing demand for homes. Unlike the rest of London, we are investing unprecedented amounts to improve and expand our housing stock.

“Here in Barking and Dagenham we are committed to delivering housing in a range of tenures, which will help to create thriving communities in good and well maintained homes and contribute to the health and well being of our residents.”

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