Wednesday, 14 February 2007

Council celebrates £2.8m funding

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council is today celebrating after being allocated £2,817,000 in Government money, to deliver a range of housing improvements.

The cash will be used to improve housing occupied by the vulnerable and aid area-wide regeneration in the most deprived housing areas.

Over a million will be used for the Housing Market Renewal Programme, which is currently underway in South Bank for acquisition, demolition and relocation costs.

The remainder will be used for:

tenure switch, which is where the Council assists with general housing enquiries e.g. people moving from owner occupation into rented accommodation.

housing assistance, in the form of loans, for improving the general condition of stock, addressing energy efficiency, bringing long-term empty properties back into use and improving housing to meet the Decent Homes Standard.

Community Housing Needs, which includes different projects, such as the sanctuary scheme for the homeless, adaptation and disabled facilities.

The Cabinet Member for Housing and Neighbourhood Renewal, Councillor Chris Abbott, said: "We are thrilled to have got the second largest pot of money in the North East and our teams will be putting a lot of thought into how best it will be spent to the benefit of the community."

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