06 September 2007
An extension to the deadline to improve social housing is hampering efforts of buying consortia to save money.
The Housing Green Paper by the Communities and Local Government department (CLG), issued in July, says it expects 95 per cent of social housing to reach the Decent Home Standard by the end of 2010, the original deadline. But it added: "We recognised that in some places local authorities would need to continue beyond 2010."
The uncertainty over timing has led to some consortia losing out on existing supplier deals or suffering because of inflation over the longer period.
Carl Bairstow, project manager of the South Yorkshire decent homes programme with Sheffield Council, said: "A deadline extension means a potential inflation in costs over the years and it's obviously going to impact on cost efficiency, with spend being more spread out."See feature