Local maintenance initiatives for home-owners

Richard Groves, John Morris, Alan Murie and Bali Paddock

Reductions in repair and improvement grants have had a significant impact on how local authorities deal with older homes, particularly owner-occupied properties.

Many are looking at other ways of assisting low-income households in repairing and maintaining their homes.

This report identifies a broad spectrum of initiatives, from different parts of the country. It describes these initiatives in detail – they range from providing advice about home improvements through to assistance in raising private finance.

The study identifies which schemes have been successful, and asks whether the kinds of services being offered are effective and merit the further investment of public resources.

The report also outlines the stages a local authority needs to take in setting up a home improvement service. This step-by-step guide sets out one way in which an area-based initiative could be implemented.