Decent homes

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3639
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Following the London Borough of Sutton's decision to join several other local authorities in taking legal action - via judicial review - against the Government's U-turn on 'decent homes' funding for ALMOs able to achieve the Audit Commission's Two Star rating, what communications were made by Sutton to the Mayor of London's Office regarding the legal action and when? And where does this leave the Mayor's pledge to make funds available to plug the gap left by the Housing Minister's decision to remove funding?

Answer

Answer for Decent homes

Answer for Decent homes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I firmly believe that funding for Decent Homes improvements should be made available to ALMOs that receive two stars in this investment round. Following my intervention, the HCA began discussions on funding with the qualifying ALMOs to enable them to begin work on Decent Homes. Initial discussions had taken place between the HCA and Sutton amongst others. Those discussions have now been suspended in light of the judicial review; but once the legal challenge has been resolved I expect the negotiations to continue for those ALMOs that receive two stars. For those ALMOs not part of the judicial review, discussions are continuing. Sutton has yet to receive a two star assessment.