£68m housing package announced for Kingdom

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Two multi-million plans highlight the Council’s commitment to investment in housing.

A £63.13 million housing investment programme was reported to members of the Housing and Communities committee.

The money, 20 per cent more than in previous years, will be spent in 2011/12 to improve council houses and build new ones.

Over £73 million will also be re-invested in housing in the next five years, including new housing and energy efficiency.

Councillors will decide at a later date how to spend the additional funds.

Derek Muir, head of housing services, said: “It’s not every day you have the pleasure of announcing a record level of investment, especially in these troubled economic times.

“This exciting news represents the Council’s continued commitment to investment in new and exciting council houses for the next five years.”