Council homes set for improvement

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TWICE as much money could be spent by Milton Keynes Council on improving council homes in the next five years, if cabinet agree a motion next week.

The housing strategy, which is due to be discussed by the council’s Cabinet on Wednesday June 20, recommends increasing the number of homes to rent and maintaining the current 14,000 council homes in the borough to even higher standards.

To meet this challenge, an extra £10m is proposed to be spent on council housing in the borough by 2017– many homes of which are of non traditional build and need improving to modern standards.

Also the housing strategy highlights the council’s first move in a generation to start to build council homes again - initially focusing on properties for older people and people with disabilities.

The housing strategy report says: “It proposes to do this by creating homes and neighbourhoods in new areas or through regeneration. In short to develop Milton Keynes as a major 21st century city.’

To find out more about the proposed housing strategy visit the council’s website at www.milton-keynes.gov.uk.