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South Tyneside Council bids for £15m Decent Homes cash

NEW CASH BID ... Coun Jim Foreman, the council's lead member for housing and transport.

NEW CASH BID ... Coun Jim Foreman, the council's lead member for housing and transport.

SOUTH Tyneside Council has made a £15m bid for Government funding in a bid to complete the borough’s Decent Homes Programme.

The authority needs to spend £88m up to the end of 2016 to make all council homes “decent and sustainable” – but has a current funding gap of £40m.

In an effort to plug that gap, the £15m bid has been lodged with the Homes and Communities Agency.

Members of the council’s decision-making cabinet will be told details next month.

The news comes as housing bosses part company with a contractor working on the flagship home improvement scheme on several estates across the borough.

A new contractor is being sought to complete the Decent Homes scheme at Lukes Lane, Hebburn, Brockley Whins, South Shields, and the Viking Estate, Jarrow.

This follows numerous complaints from residents about delays and what housing officials called “quality and delivery issues” with scheme contractors Mitie.

In a report to the committee, Coun Jim Foreman, the cabinet’s lead member for housing and transport, says: “The funding gap leaves the council with key decisions to make on how to prioritise funding.

“This may result in some homes being removed from the investment programme.

“This would either leave the council with homes that do not meet the Decent Homes Standard or the demolition of homes. Both of these options have a significant impact on tenants.”

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