MORE than £1 million extra is to be invested in Flintshire Council’s house improvement programme in the next financial year.
The housing improvement capital programme for 2013/14 will total £11m, cabinet members at County Hall, Mold, will be told on Tuesday.
The local authority is in year two of a six-year capital funding programme aimed at ensuring all council homes will have a Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) kitchen, heating system, smoke detectors and that 1,300 homes will have WHQS bathrooms.
Cllr Helen Brown, cabinet member for housing, said: “I am extremely pleased we can present such a healthy budget and capital works programme for approval by cabinet.
“We have made a commitment to our tenants and I am delighted by the excellent progress that has been made across the housing service.”
l FLINTSHIRE Council is proposing to make “significant investment” in schools and social care in the coming year.
The council, which is set to approve the 2013/2014 budget on March 1, also plans to prioritise frontline services and set charges and council tax at “affordable rates”.
They say investment will come from careful budget planning and by making efficiency savings of £5.5m. This has been achieved despite the economic downturn, less government funding and more demand on local government services, the council claims.
The council also plans to use its £293m budget to try to protect those seriously affected by the economic downturn and help communities prepare for changes to the benefit system.
Council leader Aaron Shotton said: “At a time when finances across the public sector are reducing, the council is ensuring a significant increase in funding for education and social care, key frontline services are protected and the lowest council tax increase for a decade.”
The final draft budget will be considered by the cabinet on Tuesday before being sent for approval by the full council.