High Peak Borough Council has risen to the many challenges of the pandemic –putting the needs of local people first, according to the council’s housing lead, Cllr Fiona Sloman.
“During the pandemic the role of the council and councillors has been different, challenging and occasionally difficult – especially around housing issues,” she said.
Thanks to the hard work of staff and councillors the Council has:
- Increased the borough council’s housing stock, by buying back former council houses
- Negotiated reductions in the cost of new build homes for local first time buyers
- Made extra provision for victims of domestic abuse
- Housed rough sleepers
- Found homes for refugees in line with government requirements.
Additionally the Labour-led council helped to set up a new food bank in Whaley Bridge and distributed sanitary products to charities across the borough.