Not as long as local councils continue to maintain that the 'Decent Homes' standard is perfectly adequate for their housing stock. Basically, if it's habitable it meets the criteria.
Some English councils maintain that solid wall houses can't be insulated anywhere except in the roof. (Different in Scotland, as witness the work detailed in the CICStart series of webinars.)
Where windows are double-glazed there is often a single-glazed entry door and TWO air bricks in a pantry or kitchen, bathroom or bedroom.
As an example of how LAs narrow the scope of any improvement schemes, a recent case I was involved in brought to light the criteria for judging whether a kitchen or bathroom warranted improvement.
Kitchen "good condition" / bathroom "good condition" = not scheduled for work.
Kitchen "good condition" / bathroom "poor condition" = not scheduled for work.
Kitchen "poor condition" / bathroom "good condition" = not scheduled for work.
Kitchen "poor condition" / bathroom "poor condition" = scheduled for work ON EITHER KITCHEN OR BATHROOM BUT NOT BOTH.
Shortage of funds is cited. Fair enough. Has anyone in central government ever heard the word "priorities"? At least in so far as it doesn't relate directly to their election manifesto for the next election!
Edited by joiner, 27 March 2013 - 09:07 AM.