District Council up for top housing award’s Council of the Year title

Derbyshire Dales District Council has been shortlisted for the Council of the Year title at this year's prestigious UK Housing Awards. 

Judges read through more than 340 entries for this year’s UK Housing Awards - the 26th - and in the Council of the Year category Derbyshire Dales is up against Kent County Council, Lancaster City Council, City of York Council and Stockport Council. 

District Council Leader Councillor Garry Purdy said:

"Being shortlisted for a top awards event that showcases the very best of UK housing underlines the incredible work our housing team continue to deliver in transforming lives by identifying new affordable housing locally, retrofitting existing housing and re-starting our own council housing programme for the first time in 20 years.  

"We are a district authority that punches above its weight and quite rightly are rubbing shoulders with organisations across the country recognised for delivering high quality homes and services in partnership with the communities they serve." 

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 25 November at The Point, Manchester. 

The District Council's Director of Housing Rob Cogings said:

"With house price to income ratios exceeding 10 in many Dales villages, we face significant challenges in meeting local housing need.  

"Our response focuses on delivering new affordable homes through planning gain, working with and funding housing associations and supporting community led schemes. 

"We also enable services that help prevent homelessness, sustain tenancies or help people find new homes and are immensely proud of the Matlock Hurst Farm Estate Regeneration partnership project, together with our successes in improving the energy efficiency of poorly performing properties across the district." 

This year has seen the District Council support local almshouse trusts to renovate and retrofit their homes. 

Clerk to the Harrison Almshouse Trust, Alex Mastin said:

“We are overwhelmed by the support the District Council has shown the Harrison Almshouse Charity. We cannot thank them enough for all that they are doing for us. The residents are warm and comfortable, which is wonderful.”  

Derbyshire Dales has also played its part in the national response to the different Afghan refugee crises and notably accommodated a family in one of its first new-build council homes through a community sponsorship scheme. Only two other councils in England have accommodated an Afghan family in this way. 

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