Social landlords to spend £200m improving Gwent homes by 2016

SOCIAL housing landlords are investing hundreds of millions of pounds bringing properties up to decent standards in Gwent, figures obtained by the Argus reveal.

Blaenau Gwent social landlord Tai Calon Community Housing is the biggest spender with plans to spend £111m to improve its 6,100 homes by 2015.

The overall spend in the five boroughs in Gwent is set to top £200m by 2016.

The investment will help to bring all the properties to the Welsh Housing Quality Standard giving tenants safe homes in a good state of repair with proper heating and insulation and modern kitchens and bathrooms.

New homes are also set to be built in two of the boroughs, Monmouth and Torfaen. Tai Calon property services director Bill Pearch said: “We are determined to provide homes in communities where people are proud to live and visit. We are also committed to generating jobs in Blaenau Gwent and expect businesses working with us to do the same.” Caerphilly council, which has the only remaining council houses in Gwent, signed a £70m contract with building company Robert Price in July to work on its 11,000 properties for the next three years.

Meanwhile, Newport City Homes poured £27m into its properties last year and is set to spend up to £25m in 2014/15.

The landlord expects to achieve the Welsh Housing Quality Standard for its 10,000 or so residents by the end of 2015.

Monmonthshire Housing Association said it had achieved the quality standard in March this year.

MHA has invested nearly £12m refurbishing and upgrading its stock since April 2012 and hopes to build nearly 50 new properties in 2014/15.

Torfaen social landlord Bron Afon Community Housing spent £15m improving properties in 2012/13 and has invested £8.5m since April.

A Bron Afon spokesman added that it had submitted applications to work on new housing developments from April 2014.

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7:11pm Wed 1 Jan 14

welshmen says...

Can't believe the amount of money these charities make, 6,100 homes, about £18,200 to be spent on each, what profits are these Charities making, if there's this amount of profit in the renting sector why did Newport City Council sell all it's Council homes, again notwithstanding the 25 acres possibly sold to the Celtic Resort for a Conference Center for peanuts....the Gordon Brown gold debacle comes to mind with another Labour outfit....giving it all away....
Can't believe the amount of money these charities make, 6,100 homes, about £18,200 to be spent on each, what profits are these Charities making, if there's this amount of profit in the renting sector why did Newport City Council sell all it's Council homes, again notwithstanding the 25 acres possibly sold to the Celtic Resort for a Conference Center for peanuts....the Gordon Brown gold debacle comes to mind with another Labour outfit....giving it all away.... welshmen

10:43pm Wed 1 Jan 14

van cough says...

God help you if you are a leaseholder under these vultures, you will pay
for everything and get nothing. While if you are a tenant on benefits you
will get everything and pay for nothing
God help you if you are a leaseholder under these vultures, you will pay for everything and get nothing. While if you are a tenant on benefits you will get everything and pay for nothing van cough

11:01pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Exile Elmo says...

welshmen wrote:
Can't believe the amount of money these charities make, 6,100 homes, about £18,200 to be spent on each, what profits are these Charities making, if there's this amount of profit in the renting sector why did Newport City Council sell all it's Council homes, again notwithstanding the 25 acres possibly sold to the Celtic Resort for a Conference Center for peanuts....the Gordon Brown gold debacle comes to mind with another Labour outfit....giving it all away....
I don't think "charities" is the correct term. From what i understand they are joint ventures where the council leases its housing stock to the joint venture company to run and maintain. When the JV ends the stock reverts back to the authority.

What worries me is what state these buildings must be in to require so much investment to bring them up to standard..

Not a bad bit of business by NCC to off load these properties on to some one else if they need so much work. Stops our council tax going up.

As far a the conference centre, just imagine how many jobs that will bring to the area. Cardiff are desparate for one, but it seems NCC got in first.
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: Can't believe the amount of money these charities make, 6,100 homes, about £18,200 to be spent on each, what profits are these Charities making, if there's this amount of profit in the renting sector why did Newport City Council sell all it's Council homes, again notwithstanding the 25 acres possibly sold to the Celtic Resort for a Conference Center for peanuts....the Gordon Brown gold debacle comes to mind with another Labour outfit....giving it all away....[/p][/quote]I don't think "charities" is the correct term. From what i understand they are joint ventures where the council leases its housing stock to the joint venture company to run and maintain. When the JV ends the stock reverts back to the authority. What worries me is what state these buildings must be in to require so much investment to bring them up to standard.. Not a bad bit of business by NCC to off load these properties on to some one else if they need so much work. Stops our council tax going up. As far a the conference centre, just imagine how many jobs that will bring to the area. Cardiff are desparate for one, but it seems NCC got in first. Exile Elmo

1:13pm Thu 2 Jan 14

whatintheworld says...

social landlords are non profit orgs. they are not charities.

improvements to homes are needed as our stock is old and in-efficient. we have not been building homes to replace our older lot.

those complaining that their tax is being spent in this way could consider moving in to a social house. taking up a mortgage is a decision you make.

and to top all that off - many of these improvements will result in lower energy bills. this means that those receiving benefits to cover energy bills will be less reliant on benefits (hopefully at least self-sufficient) in the future.


this is an excellent policy and those who complain are likely motivated by the fact their home has not made them the £££s Channel 4's raft of home improvement shows promised.
social landlords are non profit orgs. they are not charities. improvements to homes are needed as our stock is old and in-efficient. we have not been building homes to replace our older lot. those complaining that their tax is being spent in this way could consider moving in to a social house. taking up a mortgage is a decision you make. and to top all that off - many of these improvements will result in lower energy bills. this means that those receiving benefits to cover energy bills will be less reliant on benefits (hopefully at least self-sufficient) in the future. this is an excellent policy and those who complain are likely motivated by the fact their home has not made them the £££s Channel 4's raft of home improvement shows promised. whatintheworld

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