Council unveils £32m social housing plan

Councillors in East Renfrewshire have agreed to invest £32m in social housing over the next five years.

SCOTLAND

East Renfrewshire Council has announced a £32m investment in social housing.

The authority said the money would deliver “much-needed” new housing and improvements to existing properties.

Key projects include £4m upgrading of central heating and £1.4m to rewire 400 properties.

It follows an earlier announcement that the authority would spend £900,000 on new housing in East Renfrewshire by the end of March 2017.

Housing convenor, Danny Devlin, said: “We are committed to providing the best-quality homes possible for our residents so I’m delighted that we have made such a significant commitment to improving, and increasing, our housing stock.

“This will make a genuine difference to residents’ lives and I look forward to seeing the plan become a reality. It’s an exciting time as we enter the most extensive house-building and investment programme in East Renfrewshire in a generation.”

The Scottish Government announced plans to build around 50,000 affordable homes over the course of the current parliament, with 30,000 of those being for social rent.

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