While two councils have been rated as poor for their provision of housing services, East Devon District Council feel it’s being penalised for the success of its own service.
East Devon council members and tenants went to Westminster to protest the £5.8 million of its housing revenue that goes to Government coffers to redistribute to less well off housing authorities.
But the council claims it needs that 40 per cent of its housing income to reinvest in affordable living for those in East Devon.
In April 2008, the district held 4,298 properties, all of which achieved the Decent Homes Standard. It now has more than 4,500 and with the £5.8 million could fund 97 new affordable homes – the Housing Market Assessment for East Devon District Council over the next five years is to provide 1,250 new affordable homes.