Council achieves 100% decent homes success
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing
Brighton and Hove City Council has announced that all of its housing has attained the government's decent homes standard.
Since 2009, when only 51% of the council's stock met the standard, 1,194 new bathrooms and 2,895 kitchens have been installed, and 4,448 energy efficient boilers have been fitted. The council has also fitted 5,552 new doors and rewired 1,533 properties as part of its ongoing housing investment programme.
Cllr Bill Randall, chair of the housing committee, said: “This is testament to a huge amount of work in close consultation with tenants, across the council, and with our partners Mears, who is responsible for the repairs and maintenance of our 12,000 council homes and PH Jones who carry out gas maintenance and installations in the west of the city.
“Mears have brought a number of improvements to the service since it began a 10-year contract four years ago, most recently re-organising the call centre to handle calls faster and more efficiently. As part of the contract Mears has also created 67 apprenticeships for local people.
“However, we recognise there is still further work to do: we are progressing our investment plans at pace, improving our repairs service and continuing to ensure that we maintain and exceed this standard.”
Janet Parker, a council tenant for 38 years, said: “The Mears worker did a fantastic job because the old kitchen was falling down. It’s well organised with the washing machine and fridge having their own plug sockets so they are out the way.
“The cupboards are beech and the worktop is black so it’s easy to keep clean. I was given a choice of colour and style and they sat down with me to design it for my L shaped kitchen which was really great."