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20/02/2017

Glasgow to benefit from housing fund

Words: Laura Edgar
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The Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council have committed to a £34 million funding package for housing improvements in Govanhill, south Glasgow.

The Scottish Government has pledged £20 million towards the four-year programme, which aims to acquire up to 350 homes in the area and bring them into the social rented sector. Repairs and improvements would then be made.

Subject to a decision by Glasgow City Council’s executive committee, the council will also invest £14 million into the programme.

Govanhill Housing Association will assume ownership of the homes.

The project follows and builds on the South-West Govanhill Property Acquisition and Repair Programme, which targeted four blocks in which many of the flats had fallen into disrepair. Now, 124 flats have been bought back into housing association ownership so repairs can be carried out.

Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “This is a huge investment package and demonstrates the council’s long-term commitment to Govanhill. The council has been working extremely hard alongside our partners to deliver lasting change to Govanhill.

“In our view transforming how the area’s housing is managed is the foundation for a long-term improvement in Govanhill. The impact of council-inspired initiatives such as the Acquisition Programme and the Enhanced Enforcement Area is now being felt and we are seeing real signs of progress in Govanhill.”

He said this latest funding package builds on this progress and sets out a clear vision for the future of Govanhill.

Annie Macfarlane, vice-chair of Govanhill Housing Association, said: “Of the 124 housing association properties bought to date, over 60 per cent are from private landlords. This reflects our successful efforts to take housing into the social rented sector, while also maintaining existing tenancies.

“As a community-controlled and owned association, we will continue to work with local people, involving them in the programme to ensure we achieve its aims – better living conditions in the area, reduced overcrowding and more effective property management and maintenance.”

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