A NEW deal on council housing finance will mean more repairs and maintenance cash for tenants in Ellesmere Port and Neston, says councillor Angela Claydon.
The Labour Government housing minister John Healey announced the new deal last week.
Cllr Angela Claydon, Labour spokesperson for housing on Cheshire West and Cheshire Council, said, “This is great news for all our tenants.
“The changes announced to the Housing Revenue Account mean that the council will keep all the rents collected, and be able to spend the money on improvements to the housing stock.”
Cllr Derek Bateman, leader of the Labour Group, has called for the Tory-controlled Cheshire West and Chester Council not to put the management of the town’s housing stock out to tender.
He said: “This is an important development. It means that all the reasons previously used for transferring housing stock from the council to other social landlords need to be re-examined.
“There will no longer be large pots of money available on transfer, and the council will be able to build its own houses.
“It is time the Conservatives in charge of Cheshire West and Chester look again at the positive reasons for keeping the housing stock in Ellesmere Port and Neston, and not put its management out to tender.”