§ Mr. Alton
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has about delays being experienced by applicants for mandatory housing improvement grants; and what provision in the relevant regulations would prevent claims for consequential loss by households whose property suffered marked deterioration in condition between the date of initial inquiry and final grant approval which has necessitated extra works and additional expenditure.
§ Mr. Robert B. Jones
We are aware that some applicants for house renovation grants have experienced delays in the processing of their applications by local authorities.
The grant legislation in part VIII of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 does not provide for additional claims from householders. However, authorities must ensure that a property is fit for human habitation on completion of grant-aided works. The amount of grant may also be re-determined where unforseen works arise.