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Birmingham heating fund announced

Birmingham City Council has announced plans to invest a further £57.8 million into improving central heating in council properties in the city.

The investment will be implemented later this year and it is hoped the installation of the additional heating will lead to a better quality of life for residents.

In the last seven years 22,000 properties have benefited from improved heating and insulation arranged by the council, including 28,800 new windows and investment in modern facilities has reached around £700m.

Birmingham City Council was one of the few councils to be awarded a decent homes standard of above 95 per cent, which is the Government’s target. This was because properties in the city are relatively well kept compared to their counterparts in other parts of the country as 99 per cent met the decent homes standard.

With the new cash injection tenants will see the prioritisation of central heating and double glazing within homes as part of scheme being run through the local Housing Liaison Boards.