Over the past few years, a huge improvement has been made to the Council’s housing stock.
The energy efficiency of existing homes has been improved markedly with large scale improvement programmes being put in place which focus on new efficient heating systems, windows and doors.
While an extensive house building programme has changed the lives of local people and improved the outlook of towns throughout East Ayrshire.
To ensure that these improvements continue in the coming years, the Council, in consultation with the Tenants and Residents Federation, has agreed to a rent increase of £2.37 a week.
Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of the Council said: “Working with the award winning Tenants and Residents Federation, the Council has been focused on improving the housing stock for our tenants.
“The improvements I have seen, from visiting properties that have benefitted from new windows, modernised kitchens and bathrooms to external insulations programmes have been significant.
“Homes are more energy efficient and the effect is that heating bills are reducing. The rent increase will allow further improvements to take place in the coming years, helping to tackle fuel poverty.
“By the end of this year, every ward in East Ayrshire will have benefitted from the Housing Improvement Programme.
“New homes are continuing to be built throughout the area, changing the lives of some of our most vulnerable residents by providing homes specially designed to meet their needs.
“This is a priority for the Council and will continue to be a priority into the future.”
2016/ 2017 Housing improvements in numbers:
• 500 energy efficient heating systems
• 600 new doors
• 50 new roofs
• 650 external enhancements
• 520 modernised facilities
• 70 upgrades to door entry systems
• 400 new windows