Caption: Booth Close is a collection of council flats run by Nottingham City Council.

Nottingham City Council has committed millions of pounds to update thousands of social houses across the city.

Housing bosses will put aside £86m to refurbish a number of council properties, to bring them up to government standards.

Officers have detailed plans to fit 5000 new kitchens and bathrooms, upgrade 6800 heating systems, fit all new windows in 1400 properties and fit 1000 new doors.

The council says its efforts always have energy efficiency in mind, so its proposed investment will also see many properties fitted with insulated cladding and energy efficient windows, in an attempt to help with the climate emergency.

These improvements are required so properties meet up to the Decent Homes Standard, a scheme brought in by the government in 2010, which sets out a minimum standard of housing for all those living in the public sector.

“Every home should be a safe place to live. Our maintenance work prioritises safety as the number one priority.”
Delroy Beverley, Director of Construction, Repairs and Maintenance Services at Nottingham City Council

Influenced by the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London, Nottingham City Council has also committed £8.5m in funding to improve fire safety in its 13 high rise housing blocks.

This will be spent on installing new sprinklers, video door entry, public announcement systems, sterile corridors and carrying out full fire risk assessments.

There has been no additional government funding for Nottingham to carry out these
improvements, so the council says it has been necessary to pull funding from other sectors to pay for it.

It has also been forced to reduce the amount it is spending on the improvements due to the Government’s compulsory scheme to reduce rent, which has taken £14m per year out of the budget, money which would otherwise have been spent on the city’s council housing.

Nottingham City Homes oversees all the council homes in Nottingham, working hand in hand with the city council to provide public sector housing.

Delroy Beverley, the council’s director of construction, repairs and maintenance services, said: “Every home should be a safe place to live. Our maintenance work prioritises safety as the number one priority.”