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Tenants back council's housing transfer plan.

A TENANTS' group has backed the proposed housing stock transfer in Nuneaton and Bedworth.

Opponents to the transfer, including former Tory councillor Jim O'Brien, had criticised the borough council for "dangling a carrot" by promising improvements to homes when all councils were already required to meet the government's Decent Homes Standard by 2010. But the Nuneaton and Bedworth Stock Transfer Working Group, formed from the Nuneaton and Bedworth Residents' Executive Group, says the improvements would be minimal compared to those offered by the transfer.

A group statement said: "Meeting the government's Decent Homes Standard will ensure tenants' homes are in a reasonable state of repair, with at least some reasonably modern facilities and are warm.

"However, when you look closer at the Decent Homes Standard, it becomes clear that it is actually a low standard."

The group claims that under government guidelines, homes would not need double glazing or new kitchens and bathrooms, communal door access systems for flat complexes or fire detection and alarm systems.

Works to the immediate environment of homes such as fences, walls and garden paths would not be considered a priority, and neither would stairlifts and scooter housings for sheltered accommodation.

The Decent Homes Standard also has no requirement for properties with solid walls to have wall insulation installed.

The statement goes on: "The council believes that tenants in Nuneaton and Bedworth deserve much more than a 'Decent Home.'

"Therefore the council has established its own standard for its housing stock which is far in excess of the Decent Homes Standard and deals with all of the things listed above."
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Date:Mar 6, 2003
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