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Investment in thousands of council homes

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More than 7,000 Dudley Council homes have benefitted from the authority’s refurbishment programme over the past 12 months.

In a report to cabinet later this month, members will be asked to note the progress of the council’s capital investment programme, which will see it invest more than a quarter of a billion pounds in improving council homes up until 2023.

In the last financial year, nearly 600 homes benefited from new windows, 261 homes were re-roofed and more than 3,400 new external doors were fitted.

In addition, 274 households have had new bathrooms installed, more than 400 have had new kitchens and more than 600 have had electrical improvements.

Energy saving and fuel poverty measures have been introduced in more than 2,200 homes, including the installation of energy efficient boilers in 1,300 homes.

Nearly 400 homes have also been adapted for people with a disability as part of the independent living programme.

Councillor Laura Taylor, cabinet member for housing, communities and residents’ welfare, said:

As a landlord, we want to provide good quality homes for the thousands of residents who choose to rent with us, this is why it’s so important we invest now to raise standards and make sure our homes are fit for purpose for today’s and future generations.
I’m really pleased with the progress that’s been made in the last 12 months and I’m confident we’ll be able to replicate this in the years ahead with our continued investment programme.

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