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Better housing but rents go up

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: December 21, 2013

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A major social housing investment programme will see the amount of cash spent on improving homes in Cheltenham increase by more than £1 million in each of the next three years.

Cheltenham Borough Homes' spending plans are headlined by a decision to raise the amount spent on property improvements and major works from £6.3million this year to £7.7million next year – an increase of £1.4m.

A lot of the cash will be spent on installing solar panels to provide cheaper energy and on other sustainability measures, while £400,000 will be allocated to adapt homes for the disabled. The boost in capital spending will be extended into the following two years too, when CBH will spend £6.5m replacing the windows and doors in its properties.

All rents will go up by four per cent, about £3 extra a week, taking the average rent from £77.51 to £80.63.

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