Green light for £57.8 million housing investment

By on 14/02/2011 in News

Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet has approved £57.8 million budget for investment in council properties this year (2011/12) which will contribute to a better quality of life for Birmingham citizens.

The major investment was highlighted in a report to Cabinet today (14 February).

Since 2004, the council has invested in excess of £700 million in council housing, with a majority of properties benefiting from improved heating and modern facilities. To date, 28,800 new windows have been fitted and over 22,000 properties have benefited from the installation of central heating.

Last year, the council was one of the few local authorities to meet the government's target to achieve decent homes standard on 95% of council homes. Currently, 99% of council properties meet decent homes standard.

This year tenants have once again supported the prioritisation of central heating and double glazed windows in their homes through local Housing Liaison Boards (HLBs).

Central heating and window replacement together with cavity wall and roof insulation radically  improve the thermal efficiency of the property and assist in reducing fuel poverty which means more available money to spend within some of the city's poorest and vulnerable neighbourhoods.

A raft of improvements such as energy efficient heating installation and the installation of pvcu double glazed windows are essential components of next year's budget.

In addition much needed structural improvements will be carried out to a number of tower bocks and other council properties across the city to secure their long term future.

Councillor John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing said: “I am delighted once again to honour the commitment made to tenants in 2004 to improve their homes  as part of our services as a retained landlord.

“This continued investment in council homes had transformed our tenants' homes and improved their lives. In 2004, a majority of tenants had nocentral  heating at alland improvements like these have given them a better quality of life. Better homes mean healthier communities; this fact has been recognised as a huge contribution to public health in Birmingham.

“This year's substantial investment will see the continuation of our kitchen and bathroom programme as part of decent homes plus.

“This is once again being funded from the Council's own resources!”

The report will also recommend awarding the works to the council's construction partnering contractors, Wates Group, G F Tomlinson Building Limited, Thomas Vale Construction and repairs service providers.


Further information from Belinder Kaur Lidher on 0121 303 6969

Note to editors
1. In order to be decent a home should be warm, weatherproof and have reasonably modern facilities.

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