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Council houses set for £52.5m investment

SWANSEA Council is set to invest more than £52.5m building new homes and improving hundreds of others in the coming year.

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Under proposals being considered by Cabinet next week, the council is looking to spend more than £7m during 2020-21 building new homes including in Colliers Way and Parc y Helig, Birchgrove.

The council is planning to build 1,000 homes for affordable rent over the next decade. Next year's planned investment includes work to pave the way for building to start in Hillview and Beaconsview, Clase, the following year.

Andrea Lewis, Cabinet Member for Homes and Energy said Swansea Council's ambitious spending programme for council housing reflected its commitment to providing high-quality homes that are energy-efficient and affordable for tenants.

She said: "Over the last few years there has been a huge investment worth tens of millions of pounds into making sure the homes we own are in good shape and fit for the future under the Wales Housing Quality Standard.

"In the coming year that investment will reach an estimated £52.6m and it'll mean hundreds of families will benefit from new kitchens and bathrooms.

"Money is also being earmarked for other projects including electrical re-wiring and weather-proofing where needed as well as general environmental improvements."

She said: "Under our More Homes initiative, the new homes we're building are the first we've been allowed to do in a generation. We're determined they will break new ground in levels of energy efficiency so our tenants will be able to keep fuel bills down and help reduce our city's overall carbon footprint."

Funding for the new homes and the upgrades for existing homes is coming from the rents paid by tenants, Welsh Government grants and HRA borrowing. None of the spending is from the council tax.

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