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Council homes cash boost of 3m

Council homes in Thurrock will benefit from an extra £3m of improvements.

The government has allowed Thurrock Council to spend the amount from next year's capital allocation.

The extra money means the Essex council will spend £12.3m on improvements to homes, increasing health and safety and replacing kitchens and bathrooms.

The council is carrying out the improvement works as part of a government target to make all council homes "decent" by 2010.

Councillor Tunde Ojetola, the council's cabinet member for housing, said: "This extra £3m will allow us to improve tenants' homes and estates even further in consultation with tenants.

"For example, tenants told us in a recent survey that car parking was their number one priority for neighbourhood issues.

"We will, therefore, be looking at how we can use some of this extra money to improve car parking facilities for tenants."

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