Maintaining Council Housing

We take the maintenance of our housing stock very seriously, and invest millions of pounds every year into making sure our houses  provide good quality, energy efficient homes.We do this through our void letting standard, by ensuring that homes continue to meet the Scottish Housing Quality Standard and by improving the energy efficiency in order to meet the new Energy Efficiency Standard for Social housing (EESSH). During 2016-17 we will spend around £7.8 million on the upkeep and improvement of our houses. This will include by Cyclical and Planned Maintenance programmes.

Cyclical Maintenance

This budget is mainly spent on the servicing of the council’s gas, coal, oil and air-source heat pump installations, and a regular six-yearly programme of pre-paintwork repairs and external paintwork to houses.

Cyclical Maintenance 2016/7 Budget (£)
Gas Servicing 0.728m
Solid Fuel Servicing 0.034m
Air Source Heat Pump Servicing 0.058m
Smoke Detector Servicing 0.075m
Inspections and House Surveys 0.010m
Pre-Paintwork Repairs and External Paintwork 0.306m
Other Servicing 0.083m
Total 1.294m

Planned Maintenance

This budget covers capital improvements and planned maintenance of our housing stock. The table below shows our planned maintenance for 2016-17.

Planned Maintenance/Capital Improvements Revenue Budget 2016/17 (£) Capital Budget 2016/17 (£)
Kitchen and Bathroom Replacements - 1.650m
Window and  Door Replacements - 0.750m
Plumbing Upgrades 0.200m -
Electrical Upgrades 0.100m -
Common Stair Upgrades 0.050m -
Rain Water Goods 0.200m -
Safety and Security 0.075m -
Insulation 0.100m -
Roof and Fabric Repairs 0.900m -
Estates Upgrades 0.250m -
Shower Installation Programme 0.050m -
Garage Upgrades 0.050m -
Central Heating Upgrades - 1.300m
Miscellaneous 0.150m -
Disabled Adaptations - 0.400m
Sheltered Housing Upgrades 0.050m -
Asbestos 0.204m -
TOTAL 2.379m 4.100m

Government regulations means that we need to ensure that all our homes continue to meet the Scottish Housing Quality Standard (SHQS). This is achieved by homes being compliant with the tolerable standard, be free from serious disrepair, be energy efficient, have modern facilities and services and be healthy, safe and secure.

We also now require to meet the new Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH) will replaces some parts of the SHQS. We have now prepared a strategy to enable our stock to meet the requirements of this new standard by December 2020 and have revised our budgets to provide funding for increased energy efficiency and other related improvements.

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