£15m deal to improve thousands of homes

£15m deal to improve thousands of homes

£15m deal to improve thousands of homes

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THOUSANDS of council homes across Caerphilly county borough will be transformed through a multi-million pound link-up with a leading construction services firm.

Caerphilly council will work with VINCI Facilities on a forthcoming stage of an ambitious £200 million programme to modernise council housing stock, launched in 2012 after tenants voted almost two-to-one against a proposed transfer to a social housing landlord.

About 10,000 homes will be modernised in a programme designed to bring them up to the required Welsh Housing Quality Standard by 2020.

VINCI Facilities’ teams will refurbish kitchens and bathrooms and provide new wiring and heating in a £15 million deal over a six-year contract.

“The refurbishment of homes in Caerphilly county borough would never succeed if service providers failed to support the wider regeneration strategy,” said VINCI Facilities managing director Tony Raikes.

“We welcome the opportunity to play our part in creating better homes and communities wherever we are working.

“What’s more, this project reflects that our customers recognise our experience in this field.”

Analysis of current housing stock across Caerphilly indicates there are just over 4,000 homes requiring renewal of all major internal components – kitchens, bathrooms, rewiring and heating. More than 9,500 homes need a new kitchen, and around 8,500 need a new bathroom.

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6:59pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Llanmartingargoyle says...

Why should I have to pay to improve council homes and helping the needy? Labour caused all this social responsibility spending in the first place so I blame them for wanting to help the poor.
Look its quite simple, everybody stop selling arms to Russia, except for us British, give more money to bankers and the wealthy it will soon trickle down to the poor and they can take out a loan to fix their own homes, they just need to keep on a low wage and zero hours until then.

For anybody worried about the cuts, Don’t! Its all going to be all right because under Tory leadership those up the top of the ladder will be handsomely rewarded and in time their wise investing and willingness to help the country will all trickle down to the workingpoor at the bottom of the ladder.
There now you feel better don’t you?
Just rejoice at that news

Check out the facts of trickle down economics:
http://youtu.be/3U1D
_T-tSTw
Why should I have to pay to improve council homes and helping the needy? Labour caused all this social responsibility spending in the first place so I blame them for wanting to help the poor. Look its quite simple, everybody stop selling arms to Russia, except for us British, give more money to bankers and the wealthy it will soon trickle down to the poor and they can take out a loan to fix their own homes, they just need to keep on a low wage and zero hours until then. For anybody worried about the cuts, Don’t! Its all going to be all right because under Tory leadership those up the top of the ladder will be handsomely rewarded and in time their wise investing and willingness to help the country will all trickle down to the workingpoor at the bottom of the ladder. There now you feel better don’t you? Just rejoice at that news Check out the facts of trickle down economics: http://youtu.be/3U1D _T-tSTw Llanmartingargoyle
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9:01pm Wed 23 Jul 14

golfer says...

What about me who works 8 days a week and has to pay for my own repairs ..no sponging off society ..
What about me who works 8 days a week and has to pay for my own repairs ..no sponging off society .. golfer
  • Score: 2

7:44am Thu 24 Jul 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Llanmartingargoyle wrote:
Why should I have to pay to improve council homes and helping the needy? Labour caused all this social responsibility spending in the first place so I blame them for wanting to help the poor.
Look its quite simple, everybody stop selling arms to Russia, except for us British, give more money to bankers and the wealthy it will soon trickle down to the poor and they can take out a loan to fix their own homes, they just need to keep on a low wage and zero hours until then.

For anybody worried about the cuts, Don’t! Its all going to be all right because under Tory leadership those up the top of the ladder will be handsomely rewarded and in time their wise investing and willingness to help the country will all trickle down to the workingpoor at the bottom of the ladder.
There now you feel better don’t you?
Just rejoice at that news

Check out the facts of trickle down economics:
http://youtu.be/3U1D

_T-tSTw
Is everyone in a council house needy then? Bob Crow was living in one on over £ 100k pa. And a quick drive around the states near you should convince you most don't 'need' much.
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartingargoyle[/bold] wrote: Why should I have to pay to improve council homes and helping the needy? Labour caused all this social responsibility spending in the first place so I blame them for wanting to help the poor. Look its quite simple, everybody stop selling arms to Russia, except for us British, give more money to bankers and the wealthy it will soon trickle down to the poor and they can take out a loan to fix their own homes, they just need to keep on a low wage and zero hours until then. For anybody worried about the cuts, Don’t! Its all going to be all right because under Tory leadership those up the top of the ladder will be handsomely rewarded and in time their wise investing and willingness to help the country will all trickle down to the workingpoor at the bottom of the ladder. There now you feel better don’t you? Just rejoice at that news Check out the facts of trickle down economics: http://youtu.be/3U1D _T-tSTw[/p][/quote]Is everyone in a council house needy then? Bob Crow was living in one on over £ 100k pa. And a quick drive around the states near you should convince you most don't 'need' much. Llanmartinangel
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10:48am Thu 24 Jul 14

mkaibear1 says...

You're all missing the point.

Social housing are *rental* properties. As such maintenance is the responsibility of the landlord (not the renters).

If you rent a house from a private landlord they are obliged to meet certain standards. If you rent a house from a council landlord they are obliged to meet certain standards.

Wiring: Needs to be safe (so reasonable to refurbish).
Heating: Needs to be water-tight (water leaks cause a lot of damage), needs to be safe (carbon monoxide, etc).
Bathrooms: A house has to have a working bathroom for it to legally be rented.
Kitchens: Need to be vaguely hygienic and safe to work in.

I understand people get upset about the council spending money on these things but to be honest the thing to be upset about is "should councils do social housing at all", not "should councils have to pay to make sure their tenants are in safe and habitable accommodation"
You're all missing the point. Social housing are *rental* properties. As such maintenance is the responsibility of the landlord (not the renters). If you rent a house from a private landlord they are obliged to meet certain standards. If you rent a house from a council landlord they are obliged to meet certain standards. Wiring: Needs to be safe (so reasonable to refurbish). Heating: Needs to be water-tight (water leaks cause a lot of damage), needs to be safe (carbon monoxide, etc). Bathrooms: A house has to have a working bathroom for it to legally be rented. Kitchens: Need to be vaguely hygienic and safe to work in. I understand people get upset about the council spending money on these things but to be honest the thing to be upset about is "should councils do social housing at all", not "should councils have to pay to make sure their tenants are in safe and habitable accommodation" mkaibear1
  • Score: 2

5:06pm Thu 24 Jul 14

gingertom says...

Geraint williams has a petition on the WAG site:

We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to scrap Councillors’ salaries. With cuts to public services and increases in council tax it is right that councillors share the burden by having their salaries scrapped and replaced with payments of reimbursement only, much like magistrates. This will help to make savings in expensive local democracy.

https://www.assembly
wales.org/epetition-
list-of-signatories.
htm?pet_id=1031
Geraint williams has a petition on the WAG site: We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to scrap Councillors’ salaries. With cuts to public services and increases in council tax it is right that councillors share the burden by having their salaries scrapped and replaced with payments of reimbursement only, much like magistrates. This will help to make savings in expensive local democracy. https://www.assembly wales.org/epetition- list-of-signatories. htm?pet_id=1031 gingertom
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5:12pm Thu 24 Jul 14

mkaibear1 says...

...at a cost of making it only possible to be a councillor if you are sufficiently wealthy to take time off work to do it... Rather pay a fair wage and allow people from all walks of life to do the job thanks.
...at a cost of making it only possible to be a councillor if you are sufficiently wealthy to take time off work to do it... Rather pay a fair wage and allow people from all walks of life to do the job thanks. mkaibear1
  • Score: 0

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