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Housing Act 1974

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45Assistance for carrying out environmental works

(1)For the purpose of effecting or assisting the improvement of living conditions in a housing action area, the local authority may, in accordance with the following provisions of this section, give assistance towards the carrying out of works (in this section referred to as " environmental works ")—

(a)to the exterior, or on land within the curtilage, of buildings containing housing accommodation, not being works in respect of which an application for a grant under Part VII of this Act has been approved; or

(b)on land not falling within paragraph (a) above for the purpose of improving the amenities of the area.

(2)Subject to subsection (3) below, assistance under subsection (1) above may be given to any person having an interest in the building or land concerned and shall consist of all or any of the following, namely—

(a)a grant in respect of expenditure which appears to the local authority to have been properly incurred in the carrying out of environmental works ;

(b)the provision of materials for the carrying out of environmental works; and

(c)by agreement with the person concerned, the execution of environmental works at his expense, at the expense of the local authority, or partly, at his expense and partly at the expense of the local authority.

(3)No assistance may be given under subsection (1) above in respect of a building or land in which the local authority have such a freehold or leasehold interest as would enable the authority themselves to carry out environmental works in relation thereto.

(4)A grant under subsection (2)(a) above may be paid after the completion of the works towards the cost of which it is payable or part of it may be paid in instalments as the works progress and the balance after the completion of the works; and where part of any such grant is paid in instalments the aggregate of the instalments paid shall not at any time before the completion of the works exceed one-half of the aggregate cost of the works executed up to that time.

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