Officials say government grant for damp and mould problems is 'not enough' - The Coventry Observer

Officials say government grant for damp and mould problems is 'not enough'

Coventry Editorial 14th Mar, 2024 Updated: 15th Mar, 2024   0

A GOVERNMENT grant of £2.1million has been made for Coventry City Council to address damp and mould issues in the city’s social housing, but the authority’s bosses say it is not enough.

The cash is aimed at improving housing standards but Coun David Walsh. the council’s cabinet member for housing and communities, said more funding was needed to tackle the problems effectively.

He stressed the need for continued monitoring and improvements being made.

Coun Walsh added: “This work will be a good start but it’s the tip of the iceberg – we need more funding and we need it now so we can make even more improvements for people living in social housing and in the private rented sector too.

“Damp and mould can have a real impact on well-being so, like many councils, we are calling for more government funding.”

The objective of the funding is to enhance the standards of social houses, targeting prevalent issues.

Coventry City Council plans to allocate the funds to housing provider Citizen with the aim of improving living conditions in over 1,000 homes across the city.

Chief operating officer at Citizen, Mads Nelson, expressed gratitude for the funding, ensuring the organisation’s commitment to improving these homes.

She mentioned the importance of safety and warmth in home and outlines Citizen’s strategy to invest in improving housing of residents.

“Our strategy is focused on making sure that our homes are safe and warm.

“We are committed to investing in homes to improve their quality.

“The funding will help us deliver an even bigger programme of investment which includes improved ventilation and tools to help customers and Citizen monitor the thermal efficiency of homes.”

The proposed works include the installation of mechanical ventilation systems and Switchee Home Monitoring technology in 1,045 properties across Coventry.



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