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Council to increase and improve housing stock

Published Monday, 11 February 2019

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More than £62million will be invested in the next financial year on new council homes and improving existing council housing.

As part of the council’s commitment to build 1000 new homes, more than £38m will be spent delivering a total of 193 new homes during 2019/20.

And the council’s commitment to its existing housing stock will also continue, with almost £9m to be spent on central heating upgrades or installations, £6m upgrading the external fabric of buildings, £2m on energy efficiency works, more than £1.3m on environmental works and £250,000 on kitchens and bathrooms.

The housing revenue and capital account budget for 2019/20 was agreed at a special meeting of the Housing and Technical Resources Committee, and will now go to the Executive Committee for endorsement before being presented to the full council for approval later this month.

Councillor Josh Wilson, the chair of the committee, said: “This significant investment for the year ahead shows our commitment to ensuring all council tenants are living in modern, energy efficient homes which are suitable for their needs.

“The budget also allows us to increase the number of new council homes which provide modern living standards, with innovative and flexible styles to meet a range of needs.”