Housing budget plans announced

Tenants to benefit from housing investment

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We've announced an ambitious five year investment plan of £253m that is set to deliver significant improvements to council homes across North Lanarkshire, benefiting tenants by cutting energy costs and making their homes more comfortable to live in.

Some of the key elements of the budget include the replacement of all kitchens and bathrooms by 2021 and delivering more energy efficient heating.

Approval for this Capital Programme Budget was given at a recent Communities and Housing Committee and this year's budget totals over £68m.

The budget reaffirms our commitment to maintaining the Scottish Housing Quality Standard and sets out our long term investment plans for our properties.

We're improving the energy efficiency of our homes to the tune of £21m and are replacing older boilers, radiators and pipework and moving towards carbon technologies. We're also continuing to roll out our window and door replacement programme and are fitting modern, double glazed, energy efficient systems.

Roofing and rendering is another area for investment with over £14m being allocated to carry out major repairs and re-roofing.

A further area of spend includeshome safety and security. We're spending almost £0.5m on security entry systems and lead pipe removal.

Our plans to replace all Kitchens and bathrooms by 2021 continue to progress, with £11m earmarked for this year's programme.

Tower strategy refurbishment and investment continues. Our programme of inspection and repairs is currently being progressed to take forward all identified areas reflecting on the age, construction and condition of the towers. We've also approved plans to install sprinkler systems in all towers to further enhance safety.

Councillor Heather McVey, Convener of Communities and Housing, said: "Our planned programme of improvements will bring many benefits for our tenants. For example, our new high quality windows and more energy efficient heating we're installing will help reduce heating costs and make homes more comfortable to live in.

"All of these plans form part of the council's vision to provide better homes, regenerate town centres and create jobs."

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