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£58m homes fund for Enfield Council

Enfield Council has won Government funding to renovate poor-quality housing in its borough of London.

The £58 million will be used in a four-year programme of work to deal with much-needed improvements that have built up across its housing stock.

Under the Decent Homes scheme, council accommodation will be able to invest in improving heating and ventilation, as well as double-glazing, kitchens and bathrooms.

Councillor Ahmet Oykner, who is the cabinet member for housing, said he was pleased with the bid’s success but regretted that the council had not got the £68m it asked for.

He said: “Although we are disappointed that this funding falls short of the original bid by £10m, it does enable us to plan the programme of works. We will have to focus on the most urgent works since the funding is simply not available to achieve a full refurbishment in every property and we shall be working with tenants to prioritise what works can be done.”

Some 46 local authorities were awarded cash after requests from all over the country were considered, with 24 rejected including one from next-door London borough Barnet.

The north London borough of Enfield has the UK’s second-highest number of homes judged not to be decent housing.