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Last Updated: Friday, 13 May 2005, 09:46 GMT 10:46 UK
Lowest scores for council's homes
A council housing service in part of Lincs is 'poor' and in desperate need of improvement, according to a report.

South Kesteven District Council got zero stars out of a possible three.

Audit Commission inspectors said it fails to provide enough affordable housing and is well short of even its own limited targets.

They say managers are committed to making improvements, but they are uncertain if the council will invest enough money to make these happen.

Unfit accommodation

Council spokesperson Sally Marshall accepted the findings, saying the council is working to improve its performance in the future.

But the council also stressed it was not the housing itself which had been criticised but the strategic handling of housing issues.

Inspectors said there was not enough suitable temporary accommodation for homeless people, and too many houses were unfit to live in or empty.

Mrs Marshall said: "We accept the findings of the Audit Commission's report.

"We regret that the strategic housing function has failed to provide quality services to some of the most vulnerable people in our community."

Inspectors also say that waiting times for grants to improve disabled access are too long.

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