Freeing council houses for those most in need

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THE SUCCESSFUL policy of selling off last in block council flats in Dundee to provide money to create wheelchair accessible properties looks set to continue.

Councillors will be asked to carry on the programme which has generated more than £6m in the past decade but exclude ground floor properties that could meet the specific needs of people on the waiting list.

Kevin Cordell convener of Dundee City Council’s neighbourhood services committee said: “This is all about striking the right balance between generating enough income to be able to plough back into providing wheelchair accessible properties that we know we are going to need even more of in the future and the medical or social needs of people on the waiting list looking for a ground floor property.

“This policy has provided income of £6.2m since 2007 which has been used to provide modern, energy efficient wheelchair accessible housing to meet the rising need for this type of accommodation.

“But we are also well aware that many people on our housing waiting list need ground floor properties for a wide variety of reasons, so rather than simply sell them off as a matter of policy, this proposal means we will first match them up against the needs of existing applicants.”

A report to go before the neighbourhood services committee on Monday (September 11) notes that in the past ten years the council has completed 44 new wheelchair houses with a further four due for completion at Alexander Street and 14 at Derby Street. An additional 30 have been provided by Registered Social Landlords in that time.

There are currently 96 people on the waiting list who need a wheelchair accessible house.

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