ALMOST £8 million has been spent repairing pre-1919 tenement blocks across Glasgow.

The City Council had previously agreed funding of £7.9 million from the private sector housing grant programme to fix homes which had fallen into disrepair.

The Ibrox/Cessnock area will now be a key focus for future programmes following the launch of the council's housing strategy.

Govan Housing Association has also agreed to work in partnership with the local authority to tackle the disrepair in pre-1919 tenement stock.

In Glasgow 51 per cent of owner occupied houses and 60 per cent of private rented homes are described as being "in critical disrepair" which is more evident in old houses and flats.

There is increasing concern over the 70,000 pre-1919 tenements in poor condition - part of Glasgow's rich built heritage.

It can often cost more than £250,000 to repair this type of building with the local authority offering assistance, advice or practical support to home owners to do so.

In certain circumstances financial assistance will be available to encourage private owners to maintain their properties on a voluntary basis.

In other situations statutory intervention can be necessary to safeguard the city’s housing stock.

Priority is given to the pre 1919 tenement stock and in the case of major repairs, owners must meet the first £5,000 of their share of the costs.

Where a majority of owners are in favour of carrying out common repair/ maintenance works to their building, support is provided through the ‘Missing Share’ programme.

This involves underwriting the costs of the minority of owners who are unwilling or are unable to pay their repair share and these owners are pursued for full recovery of their costs on completion of the works.

Tackling property condition and management issues in the tenement stock is a major priority for the council.

A stock condition survey of 500 pre 1919 tenement properties is being carried out and the results from this will help inform future policy and the need for further area initiatives.

The survey which is due to complete by the end of March will provide information on the level of disrepair of these buildings and will inform future statutory repair orders.

It will also provide strategic insight into the scale and costs associated with the repair of the pre-1919 tenements across the city.