Better homes

Kitchen workman

Better Homes is our way of improving our council homes and buildings through good quality work that provides value for money.

Works carried out include the renewal and repair of kitchens, bathrooms, windows and roofs, as well as upgrading heating systems, wiring and lifts.

The works are being delivered by our partner contractors Lakehouse and Keepmoat (previously known as Apollo).

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What we’ve done so far

  • We have carried out internal works including kitchens and bathrooms to 8,792 homes, 571 of which have been completed since the start of this financial year
  • We have completed external works, such as windows and roofs, that will benefit 4,655 homes, 329 of which have been completed since the start of this financial year
  • Year to date we have installed lifts benefitting 1,210 homes and upgraded the communal heating systems that feed 1,357 homes

* as at October 2015

What still needs to be done

In 2012 we carried out a housing stock condition survey to assess the state of our council homes. The results have allowed us to identify and prioritise what we need to do and what we need to spend over the next five years to improve our housing stock.

Although survey showed that the Better Homes programme has already had an impact on the quality of our homes, there is still a lot of work and investment needed. The survey showed that ideally we should be spending an average of £55m per annum over the next 30 years.

The current programme aims to spend over £87.2 million in the 2015/16 financial year covering:

  • Over £32 million for internal, external and communal works (kitchens, bathrooms, wiring, plumbing, individual heating, windows, roofs)
  • Over £22 million for mechanical and electrical works (lifts, communal heating, electrics, gas)
  • £2 million for fire risk works

When programming works we are continually talking to residents about how best to prioritise the programme in conjunction with our stock condition data and colleagues.

Funding

The Better Homes programme has a range of funding sources, these include:

  • The Housing Revenue Account which residents’ rents and service charges are paid into
  • Decent homes backlog funding from the GLA
  • The Council’s Community Investment Programme (CIP)

Find out more

More information about the Better Homes programme of works and a full breakdown of what works we intend to do and where is available on the Camden Open data website.

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