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Council is in the running for a top housing award

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: March 07, 2014

By RICHARD BENNETT

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DERBYSHIRE Dales District Council has been shortlisted for this year’s UK housing awards.

The council is shortlisted in the ‘Strategic Local Authority of the Year’ category, in recognition of its ‘making a little go a long way’ approach to providing affordable housing in the Dales.

The awards set out to showcase the work of housing organisations to improve the lives of people in their communities.

District council leader Lewis Rose, said: “The good news is that in these financially challenging times we are better than most at securing grant funding for the benefit of our residents.

“We are delighted to have won £17.5m new housing investment in a government programme to deliver 164 homes in 2014/15.

“In the past year we have enabled development of 68 new affordable homes while gaining planning consent for a further 63.

“What’s more, a hardship fund introduced for the most vulnerable in the Dales has prevented 725 households from becoming homeless through direct intervention by partner agencies that we fund.”

The UK Housing Awards are organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and Inside Housing magazine.

Now in their 18th year, this year’s awards attracted more than 250 entries from all over the UK.

The winners will be revealed at a ceremony in London on Tuesday, April 29.

CIH chief executive Grainia Long, said: “The UK Housing Awards recognise the excellent and innovative work being done by organisations and individuals across our industry, but perhaps more importantly they help to push up standards and provide inspiration.

“We all have to do more with less and there is always room for improvement when it comes to providing the best services for residents.”

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