Leeds City Council has committed to invest over £53million in its housing stock over the next year.
As part of the capital programme, worth £53million, the council will continue the already successful Decency Standard Programme and also install new heating systems and adaptations.
Almost £18million will be spent on further upgrading council homes to the Decent Homes Standard, building on the work which has seen 98% of council homes brought up to this standard. In addition, just over £8million will be committed on moving housing stock towards the Decency Plus Standard, which upgrades both a kitchen and a bathroom rather than just one or the other.
Fuel poverty remains a high priority for the council and this year over £6million will be spent on upgrading heating systems and improving the insulation across homes.
With a successful programme of adaptations over the last couple of years, this is set to continue with just over £5.8million to be spent for residents with disabilities to allow them to remain in their own homes, rather than having to move to supported accommodation.
Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:
“It is very important that we continue to ensure that our housing stock is up to a good standard, and this includes upgrading heating, and making adaptations to people’s houses to make them comfortable to live in.
“Even amongst the tough climate that we have found ourselves in the last year or so we are still striving for higher standards for our housing stock.
“The £53million that we have allocated to improve homes across the city is fantastic and will really allow us to tackle some key problems and improve on work we have already undertaken in previous years.
“Not only do we want to improve homes, but we also want to ensure we are making the most of all our council owned buildings, and that includes bringing empty properties back into use and ensuring they meet the Decent Standard.
“We also want to make sure that all our properties meet a high security standard, so will be concentrating on changing the old euro barrel locks to a more modern and effective lock – we have already started this replacement programme with a number of areas across the city."
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