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Local government minister Edwina Hart has announced a substantial increase to the amount of money available for new...
Local government minister Edwina Hart has announced a substantial increase to the amount of money available for new projects under the assembly government's Social Housing Management Grant Programme.

The increased level of funding recognises the crucial role that innovative projects play in raising social housing management standards towards the vision for social housing set out in the National Housing strategy for Wales.£1.36m is being made available in 2002-03.

The first batch of funding of£878,000 will support 49 projects from 33 organisations across Wales. It will enable the Welsh assembly government to support and promote good practice that is capable of being copied across the whole Welsh social housing sector. The funding includes:

*£88,000 towards five projects promoting a more customer centred approach to the letting of social housing;

*£39,000 towards four projects piloting social housing marketing initiatives in difficult to let areas;

*£71,000 to two projects promoting best value in social housing;

*£110,000 towards seven projects to increase tenant participation and give tenants a greater say in decisions about the management of their homes;

*£80,000 towards five black and minority ethnic (BME) housing projects;

*£69,000 towards two projects for the development of specialist housing information and advice services for people with disabilities;

*£75,000 towards three cross-cutting 'health and housing' projects;

*£73,000 towards five projects (including two in rural areas) for the development of high quality, joined-up and inclusive Local Housing Strategies;

*£14,000 to seven local authorities towards training to help develop their Council Housing Stock Business Plans;

*£104,000 towards four feasibility studies to explore the potential benefits and implications of alternative models of social housing management;

*£155,000 towards five particularly innovative schemes such as a 2-year research programme to investigate the role of community mutual organisations in Wales and their potential to contribute to a range of policy areas, and an initiative by The Royal National Institute for the Blind to give people with serious sight loss better access to social housing.

Mrs Hart said: 'The National Housing Strategy is firmly focussed on bringing all of Wales' social housing up to high quality standards, both in terms of condition and management, by 2012.

'The projects that this government is supporting through the Social Housing Management Grant Programme will enable continued support for the successful innovation that Wales' social landlords have shown in the management of their stock and their actions to regenerate disadvantaged communities.'


An information pack inviting local authorities, registered social landlords, and national voluntary organisations with an interest in housing, was issued on 14 December 2001, inviting applications for funding under the Social Housing Management Grant Programme.

The invitation letter and criteria, and the table summarising the individual approved grants (and also details of previous years' grants) can be found on the assembly's website .

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