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£1bn council housing boost reaches out for new trade jobs

Housing minister Mark Prisk has announced a £1 billion investment package to improve council homes across England that will provide work for thousands of tradesmen.

The new funding could bring over 86,000 homes up to a decent standard, paving the way for new trade jobs in the building construction industry.

It is the latest round of funding under the Decent Homes Programme which aim is to help councils bring their homes up to a decent standard, from fitting new roofs and windows to updating kitchens or heating systems.

Mr Prisk said that this new construction and skilled work would provide a shot in the arm for thousands of local businesses and tradesmen, supporting the Government’s measures to boost British jobs and the economy.

The Minister said that spending money earlier would help boost local employment as early as possible, as well as delivering home improvements for tenants ahead of schedule.

Mr Prisk said: “By improving this country’s council homes we will transform many families’ lives for the better, bringing their living standards up to scratch ensuring that their home is the safe haven it is meant to be.

“But the benefits of the £1 billion I’ve confirmed today reach far beyond tenants themselves and into the local economy.

“With every pound spent on improvements boosting local business, creating new jobs and supporting local spending, I want to see councils realising the benefits of this cash as soon as possible.”

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Approval for £8bn London Development to Create New Jobs

An ambitious £8 billion redevelopment plan for Earls Court and the Kensington Opportunity Area in West London is set to pave the way for thousands of jobs in the trades.

The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham has today granted planning permission to Capital and Counties Properties to develop a new urban district including 7,500 new homes across four residential districts.

The Council have estimated that more than £1 billion worth of community benefits will be generated in the local area, creating 9,500 permanent jobs.  It will also include 760 replacement council homes.

The scheme will also include the building of 1,500 affordable homes, offices, educational, cultural and community facilities as well as a new five acre green park.

Residents living on the estates would be offered the chance to build new skills in preparation for the thousands of employment opportunities which will be created.

Leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council, Cllr Nicholas Botterill, said: “This major regeneration could lead the way in lifting the country out of recession – ploughing hundreds of millions of pounds worth of investment into London’s economy and bringing thousands of new homes and jobs.

Ian Hawksworth, Chief Executive of Capco welcomed the Council’s decision to grant a planning consent for the Earls Court Masterplan which work is expected to start next year.

He said: “The proposed scheme will offer a multi-billion pound investment in both London and the local community creating thousands of new homes and jobs.”

Council Contractors to Create New Building and Construction Jobs

Stevenage Borough Council has signed a £26 million housing redevelopment scheme to modernise and improve thousands of council houses in the town by the end of 2015. Building work will begin in June this year, creating new jobs and boosting the local economy.

Appointed contractors, Keepmoat and Wates, have pledged to employ local tradespeople and provide training opportunities for those who want to take part in the project.

The Council has invested a total of £33 million on home improvements. This will make homes more modern and energy efficient. As a result of the scheme, more than 2,200 bathrooms and 3,400 kitchens will be fitted by the end of the investment programme.

Major heating and electrical work will also take place. Some 2,620 heating and 1,918 electrical systems will be updated, creating more employment opportunities for those in the heating and plumbing industry.

Stevenage Borough Council has agreed with both contractors, that as part of the scheme they will invest in similar projects that will benefit the local community.

The Council has also achieved a cash saving of nearly 10%, compared to previous contracts. The money saved will be reinvested in improving more properties to a higher standard than the national average.

Portfolio holder for housing, Cllr Ann Webb, shared a great deal of optimism about the project which will bring real benefits to the whole area by creating new jobs and helping the local community.

Chief Executive of Keepmoat, Ian Sutcliffe, said: “We are delighted to be given an opportunity to work in Stevenage. We have a strong reputation of delivering on our promises to customers. Whilst working in tenants homes we will maintain our excellent customer focus to make sure that they are satisfied with our work.”

Business Director of Wates, Cliff Parsons, said: “We look forward to meeting the local residents and working together to make a beneficial difference to the local community including employment opportunities and training.”

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