Headlines: November 19th, 2001

A new plan sets out exactly how Government will meet its commitment to provide decent social housing within 10 years.The delivery plan explains what action must be taken by the DTLR to meet its target of ensuring social housing of a decent standard in 10 years and eliminating the 19 billion pound backlog of repairs and modernisation work.

The toughest target perhaps, is the commitment to be a third of way through solving the problem in three years time. Another key thrust of the document is the concentration on directing money and effort at the most deprived areas.

The DTLR plan sets out what needs to be done by key organisations, what money is available to fund this action, and how Government is supporting social landlords, including local authorities and housing associations.

It is promised that the plan will be updated regularly to show what progress is being made.

The DTLR plan publication coincides with publication of a similar plan for how the DfES will deliver its strategy to improved GCSE results, again focusing on deprived areas.

These delivery plans are central to how “A New Commitment to Neighbourhood Renewal: National Strategy Action Plan”, launched by the Prime Minister in January this year, will be delivered on the ground.

Other government departments are due to publish their plans shortly.