Only a handful of Wigan homes to receive treatment for damp and mould issues after £15m funding released
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But only 19 of them will be in Wigan.
This came in the wake of two-year-old Awaab Ishak’s death in Rochdale, who died in December 2020 as a result of exposure to mould in his home.
This money was distributed among 17 housing associations across the city region in order to deal with high risk damp and mould issues as well as preventative works.
Housing providers across Greater Manchester were invited to bid for a share of the Social Housing Quality Fund on the condition that they match the funding by 25 per cent.
Different levels of funding were available depending on the severity of any problems and the improvements being proposed.
The highest proportion of funds went to the boroughs of Rochdale, Salford and Manchester. All the work must be completed before March 31, 2024, Greater Manchester Planning and Housing Commission were told at their latest meeting.
Cases of damp and mould were divided into six bands, with Bands 1 and 2 being the most severe and the highest risk to health and safety. Across Greater Manchester, a total of 109 and 1,387 homes were categorised as Band 1 and 2 respectively.
The speed of this process, which started in June 2023, was described as “vital” by Coun Gavin White, executive member for housing and development at Manchester Council.
This is yet another legacy left following the tragic death of the toddler Awaab Ishak – after Awaab’s Law becoming a reality back in July.
The new law sets strict timelines in which damp and mould, and other health and safety hazards, must be inspected and repaired by landlords.
The list of each Greater Manchester borough and how many houses they received funding to tackle damp and mould issues:
The list of housing associations, the number of homes they plan to treated, and the amount of grant funding they were given:
Bolton at Home: 934 homes, £2,263,700 in funding
FCHO: 541 homes, £480,679 in funding
ForHousing: 250 homes, £250,000 in funding
Great Places: 130 homes, £570,990 in funding
Irwell Valley Housing: 990 homes, £757,577 in funding
MSV Housing Group: 267 homes, £475,333 in funding
One Manchester: 434 homes, £2,950,117 in funding
Onward Homes: 250 homes, £526,500 in funding
Places for People: 222 homes, £376,491 in funding
Rochdale Boroughwide Housing: 3,721 homes, £1,846,843 in funding
Salix Homes: 2,349 homes, £679,683 in funding
Six Town Housing: 166 homes, £520,607 in funding
Southway Housing Trust: 557 homes, £253,156 in funding
Stockport Homes: 45 homes, £168,355 in funding
The Guinness Partnership 1,100 homes, £1,267,163 in funding
The Riverside Group: 234 homes, £899,587 in funding
WCHG: 645 homes, £556,530 in funding