Greenwich in Decent Homes drive

Greenwich Council has launched a campaign to encourage feedback from social housing residents about how they want their homes upgraded.

The Decent Homes campaign aims to reach all 32,000 council-owned households in the London borough via newsletters and questionnaires delivered door-to-door, a roadshow, the installation of touchscreen kiosks in the 18 neighbourhood council offices, community group meetings and coffee mornings.

The £70,000 consultation campaign will run in two stages and be completed by the end of autumn. The first stage will ask tenants what makes a decent home while the second will ask how they would like to see a decent home delivered.

The roadshow has started and lasts for six weeks. It features local councillors and housing staff manning a tour bus and talking to tenants.

The campaign arose after the Government awarded a £60m housing grant to the council. Residents will be given a number of options and asked how they want the money spent, although sufficient upgrades have been estimated at £300m.

The three main investment options include transferring the council’s housing stock to an association that will be able to borrow money to invest, a private finance initiative, or management by a third party.

The campaign aims to address government targets, which dictate that all social housing must reach a certain standard by 2010.

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