Fife Council Better Homes Exhibition reveals council house improvements

This year’s Fife Council Better Homes Exhibition showcased the high-quality improvements being made to council homes.

Fife Council Better Homes Exhibition reveals council house improvements

(from left) Council officers Helen Wilkie, Steve Anderson, John Mills, David Whyte, Mark Westwater and John Flaherty

The exhibition took place last week in the Rothes Halls, Glenrothes and exposed the changes which Fife Council are making to their council houses. The exhibition also gave council tenants the chance to find out about the planned improvements.

Tenants attended the exhibition to find out for themselves, what materials are being used, find out about their options and ask any questions about work in bathrooms and kitchens.

Information was also available on adaptations, windows and doors, heating, sustainability and specialist services.

Tenants were asked for their views surrounding a rent increase, which will help to shape the final rent options for April 2020. The tenants will also be given the opportunity to vote on their preferred option for the final rent options for April 2020 through the winter edition of the tenant newsletter.

Specialist energy and money advice was also on hand throughout the event, as well as information on new builds across the Kingdom.

John Mills, head of housing, who attended the event, said: “This is a fantastic event for our tenants and members of the public to attend and see for themselves the measures we are taking to improve the quality of council housing in Fife. Over £32 million will be spent next year to make sure our homes maintain the Scottish Housing Quality Standard and work towards the new energy efficiency standard for social housing (EESSH).”

Helen Wilkie, service manager, who also attended, added: “In recent years we have made significant progress in raising the housing standard. Investment made in tackling poor housing and building new housing in Fife is helping to provide high-quality houses that our tenants can enjoy, be proud to live in and afford to heat. The Better Homes event also provides an opportunity for us to meet our main customers, our tenants, and find out from them what they think about the services we are providing. The information gathered will help us to further improve these services.”

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