Homes get £52m boost

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COUNCIL tenants in North East Derbyshire are to benefit from a £52 million programme of home improvements over the next four years.

The scheme will see thousands of homes brought up to government Decent Homes standard, with better heating, modern windows and doors.

The money was awarded after Rykneld Homes, which manages North East Derbyshire Council’s stock of 8,200 properties, submitted a bid for the cash.

Decent Homes means properties must be wind and water-tight, warm and have modern kitchens and bathrooms.

Works carried out under the scheme include installing double-glazed doors and windows, cavity and loft insulation, and energy-efficient boilers.

Council leader Coun Graham Baxter said: “During these difficult times it is essential that we can continue to offer the best possible housing services for our local residents, and this funding will enable us to provide quality homes that are warmer and of a much higher standard.”

Last year Rykneld was awarded two stars by spending watchdog the Audit Commission.