NPT Homes' investment programme ploughs cash into the community
FOR every £1 spent on a homes investment programme in Neath Port Talbot — another £1.99 has been created in the community.
Social landlord NPT Homes is currently transforming more than 9,000 former council homes in Neath Port Talbot and the Swansea Valley at a cost of £220 million.
It was in 2011 when NPT Homes began its six year improvement programme to bring its properties up to the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) by 2017.
The programme of works — which has created an estimated 150 jobs, apprentices and training placements — has now just passed the two year mark.So far the landlord along with its contractors have fitted 2,957 kitchens, 2,676 bathrooms and have rewired 1,776 properties.
They have also fitted 1,190 windows and doors, roofed 765 properties and installed 2,957 heating systems into various homes throughout the county.Head of investment and regeneration, Andrew Carey, said they on track with their programme.
"The past two years have been really positive across the borough with 97 per cent of tenants classing the improvements they have received as being very good or good," he said.
"As part of the project, NPT Homes and its contractors have also created an estimated 150 jobs, apprentices and training placements."The vast majority of these have involved local people who were previously unemployed.
"We are now able to confirm that we know that for every £1 spent on the programme, another £1.99 has been created in the community.
"We will continue to work with our contractors to deliver the Welsh Housing Quality Standard, sustain existing jobs, develop new employment opportunities and ultimately improve the community where our tenants live.
"We are on track to bring our properties up to WHQS by 2017 and are looking forward to introducing the next phase in the improvement programme."