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Council adopts new policy aimed at improving housing conditions

Uttlesford District Council has adopted a new policy that sets out how it will address poor housing conditions within the district.

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The pdf icon Homes Repairs Assistance Policy [502kb] was approved by the council's Cabinet last month and will come into effect from tomorrow (1 July).

The policy provides details of the financial assistance available for private households, with particular emphasis on supporting the most vulnerable.

It sets out the range of grants and loans available to address poor housing conditions with a focus on disrepair, energy efficiency and security. It also provides additional assistance for people with disabilities. Other grants and loans are available as part of a scheme to refurbish and renovate empty homes in order that they can be brought back into use.

All grants, loans and assistance are offered subject to the eligibility criteria and conditions.

Cllr Julie Redfern, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: "Uttlesford District Council is committed to looking after its residents and supporting the most vulnerable. One of the driving forces of this policy is to promote independence, enabling people to remain in their own homes.

"The standard of housing in the district is good but there are still problems with cold homes and fuel poverty, for example. The council is seeking to address these issues by offering those most in need the necessary resources to keep their homes safe, warm and in good repair."

The Homes Repairs Assistance Policy can be viewed at the Council Offices at London Road, Saffron Walden during opening hours or online at www.uttlesford.gov.uk/homerepairsassistance. Copies can also be requested by contacting the Environmental Health Team on 01799 510482 or environmentalhealth@uttlesford.gov.uk.

30 June 2017