Dec­o­ra­tion scheme saves cash

West Lothian Courier - - News -

Coun­cil­lors of the Ser­vices for Com­mu­nity Pol­icy De­vel­op­ment and Scru­tiny Panel heard that the assess­ment of what work is needed is un­der­taken when the homes are empty, just be­fore be­ing re-let, by the com­mu­nity hous­ing of­fi­cer. A re­view of ten­ant sat­is­fac­tion with the scheme was taken from the visit that fol­lows four to six weeks after a new ten­ant moves into their te­nancy. There were 646 hous­ing lets dur­ing the first year of new pro­gramme. The new ten­ant sur­vey asked: “Did you find the paint­ing pack use­ful?” Of the 195 ten­ants who re­sponded, 177 (91 per cent) said they found it use­ful with nine per cent (18) say­ing that it was not. There have been no for­mal com­plaints. The av­er­age an­nual bud­get to ad­min­is­ter the for­mer dec­o­ra­tion scheme, which gave ten­ants a voucher to buy ma­te­ri­als, was £95,000. This ex­cluded the pro­duc­tion of the voucher and the costs as­so­ci­ated to hous­ing staff in time to ad­min­is­ter the scheme and in pro­cess­ing in­voices.The es­ti­mated bud­get for paint­ing packs, based on an­tic­i­pated void turnover, is around £50,000. A re­view of the cost after the first year of op­er­a­tion of the ser­vice shows it has spent £53,056 dur­ing that time.

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