Lib Dem councillors secure focus on Council House repairs and accessibility adaptations

3 Mar 2024
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Alongside the yearly Council Budget, the Housing Revenue Account must also be agreed by councillors every year.

Councillor Pauline Flannery and Councillor Jack Caldwell pushed the Lib Dem proposals which included;

  • Additional funding (£100,000) to the Repairs Direct team to assist Draft Housing Emergency Action Plan points 1 (voids reduction), 18 (reduced time for repairs) and 19 (Improve tenant satisfaction).
  • Additional funding (£100,000) to the Home Access Referral Team to assist Draft Housing Emergency Action Plan point 17 (reduced average time for tenants to move into their new homes) and 19 (Improve tenant satisfaction).
  • Additional funding (£100,000) for Recharge Officer(s) for Missing Shares, identified as a priority within the ‘Internal Audit Ad Hoc Repairs’ report; to include additional funding for main door repairs.

The Liberal Democrat Council Group also secured a commitment from the Labour administration to review rent rates and look for ways to make it more equitable going forward.

The passed Lib Dem amendment can be read at edinburgh.gov.uk.