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500 extra homes as part of continued investment in council housing

Friday January 12th, 2018

Funding for around 500 extra council homes has been identified by Sheffield City Council in its council housing business plan (January 11th).construction2

This forms part of the authority’s drive to increase the amount of social housing across the city and is on top of an additional 1000 homes being provided by 2020.

The council is currently working on plans for new housing schemes for older people, families and people with learning disabilities. And now it has revealed its further ambition for 500 additional council homes in the next five years.

The council’s plan also includes continued investment in existing homes with improvements planned to roofs, kitchens, bathrooms, windows and electrics.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, said: “I am doing everything in my power to increase the number of council houses. It’s a massive challenge as we lose around 350 properties each year through Right to Buy sales and face increasing need for social housing.

We’ve managed our finances prudently, to allow us to deliver much needed new homes at the same time as investing in existing properties. And I want to reassure people we are doing absolutely everything we can to increase and invest in social housing in Sheffield.”

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