Council tenants urged to have their say on Edinburgh’s housing budget plans

THE City of Edinburgh Council has encouraged its housing tenants to take part in this year’s housing rent consultation.

The local authority said that responses will help it shape investments made into neighbourhoods, new homes and communities.

Some 20,000 direct mailers are to be sent to every council home in the capital, with households being able to return their responses via a pre-paid envelope or online.

Such consultations are held each year, with the council saying feedback continues to shape its commitments to deliver more homes, as well as better houses, communities and services.

It added that work is currently ongoing across all of these areas, with new kitchen and bathrooms being installed, investment in the fabric of homes being made, and improvements to stairwells so that they are safer and more secure.

Upgrades around tenants’ homes are also being made, in a bid to improve the local environment, boost the amount of green spaces and ensure people are proud of the neighbourhoods they live in.

Councillor Mandy Watt, housing, homelessness and fair work vice convener at the City of Edinburgh Council, said, “It’s so important that we get the views of our tenants so we can focus on what they want.

“There is a critical balance to strike. We want to keep rents low and affordable while also be able to invest long term in our properties to keep them up to a good standard by repairing and managing them for tenants. We are also given some strict guidelines on investing in social housing from the government which we have to follow.”