East Ayrshire housing staff praised for Scottish Housing Quality Standard achievement

East Ayrshire Housing staff have been praised for successfully achieving a Scottish Housing Quality Standard.

The standard is for all of the council’s properties where it was practically possible to achieve the standard.

The Housing Asset Services team at East Ayrshire Council has since pledged to continue to ensure that homes are maintained to a high standard and achieve appropriate standards of energy efficiency to help tackle fuel poverty, The Ayrshire Post reports.

Councillor Elena Whitham, the council’s housing boss, said: “The housing stock being retained is performing well and meets the needs and aspirations of the people we serve.

“We can show robust statistics and information that helps to shape discussions with our communities on how we plan to tackle void housing. This information also helps to identify housing needs.

“It is essential that we have the right housing stock in the right communities and that our resources are carefully targeted.”

She added: “The East Ayrshire Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP) ensures that new affordable homes are built in suitable locations and that our developments contain homes that suit varying needs.

“Everything we do is carried out in consultation with the East Ayrshire Federation of Tenants and Residents and our local communities.”

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