Council reaffirms commitment to housing investment

The way council housing investment is delivered is changing, with a full city wide approach proposed for spending from 2014/15.

Historically the three Leeds ALMOs have delivered the council’s capital programme separately in the three areas that they worked in. Since the services have been brought back in house, work has been ongoing to pull together a citywide delivery plan to address issues such as improving housing energy efficiency, and remedial work to multi-storey flats whilst also maintaining stock to a decent homes standard.

Already over £55m has been identified for the start of works in 2014/15 and more funding will become available through the sale of Right to Buy properties and existing money available.

A draft three year capital programme is being developed which will focus on the key priorities for the council including increasing the supply of council housing through a mixture of new build and bringing empty properties back into use, ensuring strong links between housing and the full council plan and remodelling unsustainable housing stock to better meet future needs.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:

“We understand that investment in council housing stock is important in achieving our aims of being the best city to live in. I am committed to using our capital to make real improvements for Council tenants. This includes us identifying priority programmes, including meeting commitments we have made to communities to complete certain works. We are also prioritising the maintenance of a very high level of decency in these properties and providing sustainable investment to improve the energy efficiency of our properties.

“In the past, there has been a tendency to deliver specific works in one area of the city and not look at the wider city angle, and this is now changing to include a far greater understanding of our city’s housing stock needs.

“We are currently drawing up a three year plan which will address our main priorities of increasing the supply of council housing, developing a sustainable asset base and ensuring we maximise the resources available to us to fund investment.”

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Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

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