NORTH Devon MP Nick Harvey is working to obtained £1.8 million from the Government to imrpove Ilfracombe's housing stock. North Devon Council wants the money to replenish its North Devon Decent Homes budget, which hands out grants for home improvements to

NORTH Devon MP Nick Harvey is working to obtained £1.8 million from the Government to imrpove Ilfracombe's housing stock.North Devon Council wants the money to replenish its North Devon Decent Homes budget, which hands out grants for home improvements to low income groups, landlords and the elderly.It has identified 350 homes in Ilfracombe which need improvements, - such as insulation, roof repairs and new windows -but does not have the money to help.Mr Harvey said: "I have been lobbying the Government in support of North Devon Council's bid for increased funding for 350 home owners in Ilfracombe to the tune of £1.8 million."The project is aimed at improving the quality of life and stimulating the local economy. However, the entire North Devon Decent Homes budget is currently a paltry £466,000 which will go nowhere."In response to pressure from Nick Harvey, Department for Communities and Local Government Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Iain Wright said: "We are committed to the delivery of the targets we have announced for affordable housing and it is important that the South West plays its part in the delivery. Allocations for 2008/09 are fixed and now cannot be altered."Mr Harvey commented: "Despite this there is hope that the budget for Ilfracombe will be improved as a bidding process for specific private sector renewal funding is to be introduced for 2009/2010 - subject to approval by the South West Housing Board.