Council approves housing budget


Barnsley Council Cabinet has approved the 2018/19 Housing Revenue Account (HRA) budget and the 2018/23 Capital Investment Programme for council housing in Barnsley, at their meeting on Wednesday, 10 January.  

Cabinet approved the recommended one percent decrease in rent for council tenants from April 2018. Based on the Government’s rent setting policy, the final approval will be discussed at the Full Council meeting on 1 February.

The Capital Investment Programme totals £138M. The five-year programme invests in the Barnsley Homes Standard, making sure housing is well maintained and meets the housing needs of residents. It also helps people to stay independent by providing equipment and adaptations to their homes where needed.

Chief Executive Helen Jaggar adds,“We are pleased the agreed budget means that services to council housing tenants and investment in the council’s housing stock is maintained and allows Berneslai Homes to continue to focus on the delivery of the Council’s housing priorities in these times of economic austerity.”   

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “We want to provide a high quality service to people who live in our properties. The Housing Revenue Account and Capital Investment Programme gives Berneslai Homes the money to do this. We’ll continue to work with Berneslai Homes to support them to keep on improving the service they deliver.” 

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