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Fears voiced over home grant proposal

SMALL builders believe their workload could be hammered by the Bills proposal to abandon mandatory grants for the improvement of private homes.

Brian Flint, spokesman for the Federation of Master Builders, said: With the withdrawal of mandatory grants which give certain standards, there is a great risk of further disrepair of the housing stock and a substantial reduction in work for our members.

The government argues that the total amount of grant for private housing repairs will be unaffected by the move.

But Mr Flint said:'Our fear is that funding will be cut if it is left to local authorities to allocate money on a discretionary basis.'