Council hits Decent Homes standard

BOLSOVER District Council has met a Government deadline to achieve the Decent Homes Standard.

Decent Homes is a minimum level of repair for social housing set by ministers in 2000.

It means homes are wind and weather tight, warm and has reasonable modern facilities.

The council’s cabinet member for housing management, Coun Keith Bowman, said: “This is a huge milestone for us and we are delighted to have met the Government deadline.

“The improvements we have made over the years have helped us to make sure our properties meet the needs of our tenants and our energy efficiency targets.”

Some of the achievements made include 1,693 ‘A’ rated combination boilers installed, 884 properties given structural alterations to kitchens alongside new designs, decorations and floor coverings.

The majority of properties also have full PVCu double-glazed windows.

Most homes received an electrical upgrade which provided a 10-year rolling programme for future safety check and testing.

The council also took account of the tenant’s requests for outside lighting and CO2 detection.

“We wanted to make sure that any improvements made were also what our tenants wanted and by them telling us that they wanted better and more room in their kitchens, warmer, better insulated homes and more secure properties, meant that we achieved an overall tenant satisfaction of 98 per cent,” Coun Bowman said.

In addition to meeting the Government requirements, the council has also been able to provide additional work classified as Decent Homes Plus.

These improvements help thermal efficiency and insulation with increased energy ratings.

The council also offered tenants a choice of colour for kitchen units, worktops and decoration during contract work.

“As you can see we have also gone over and above what we needed to do,” Coun Bowman said. “We will not rest on our achievements and we will continue to improve our properties for the benefit of our tenants so they always have a warm and secure home to live in.”