The city needs to rebalance the housing offer to attract and retain the correct skill base and economic activity to facilitate growth. At the same time we must continue to provide specialist housing for those who are vulnerable or experience disabilities, and provide a range of affordable housing for singles and families to access the rented or market sale properties. To respond to the change in demographics we also need a high standard, flexible housing offer for older residents. To drive housing growth and affordability we will use the council’s land and assets to expand the housing offer in the city, increase supply of affordable homes, tackle empty property blight and increase the housing options for people whose only choice would be institutional care. The council owns over 26,000 homes which are managed by Your Homes Newcastle. We need to ensure that our housing assets are well maintained and sustainable through long term investment and reduce asset replacement to a minimum.
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|Housing – Fairer Housing Unit
We will make savings by increasing and realigning some of our activity to allow the Fairer Housing Unit to increase income. A review of our activity delivering new build homes for older people, specialist and affordable homes, as well as delivering the Empty Homes Programme has indicated that more of the unit’s costs can be charged to the capital programme. A further review of the staffing structure will be undertaken to ensure the unit operates as efficiently as possible.
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