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Salford council homes in line for £75m upgrade

29 May 14 Salford City Council’s 8,500 council houses are set to be transferred to a private company that is promising to spend £75m on doing them up by 2020.

2,000 homes will get new windows if the transfer goes ahead
2,000 homes will get new windows if the transfer goes ahead

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has given the green light for Salford City Council to transfer ownership of its social homes to Salix Homes by writing off the council’s £65.1m historic housing debt.

The deal will now be put to consultation, before Salford tenants get a chance to vote later this year. Only if tenants vote yes will the deal go ahead.

Currently, Salford social housing is owned by the council and managed by Salix Homes, a not-for-profit company. Salix will take full ownership in exchange for the government clearing the debt.

Under the terms of the deal, Salix Homes has made a commitment to invest £75m to ensure that all 8,500 properties will reach the government’s Decent Homes standard by 2020.

This will include:

  • 4,000 homes getting new kitchens or bathrooms
  • 2,000 homes getting new windows
  • 3,000 homes getting upgraded heating.

Councillor Gena Merrett, Salford’s assistant mayor for housing and environment, said: “This announcement is fantastic news for tenants and for Salford as a whole and shows that the government is confident in the council’s proposals to transfer its housing stock to Salix Homes and the extra investment that will bring.

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