Birmingham’s council homes get £60m retrofit

Birmingham City Council is set to invest £59m in upgrading 5,800 council homes. The money will be spent on new kitchens and bathrooms, heating systems, insulation and window and roof replacement, with 16 tower blocks across the city earmarked for retrofit.

The plan is set out in the Birmingham Council housing investment programme for 2016/17 and is due to be agreed next week.

Birmingham council’s cabinet member for neighbourhood management and homes, Councillor John Cotton, said: “We currently own and manage 63,138 residential properties and have made substantial improvements to thousands of our properties over the last few years.

“The average age of our properties is approaching 70 years so investing in our stock is essential in order to safeguard its condition.”

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