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Lord Provost Bob Duncan said: “Approving this request sends a strong signal that the local community is fully behind the efforts to repair and replace Discovery’s masts and rigging.

“Keeping this major attraction at the heart of our waterfront ship shape and ready for future generations of visitors to see and experience their heritage is an important part of Dundee.

“As the sole remaining survivor of Dundee’s long and proud wooden shipbuilding tradition Discovery would be important enough, but add to that her adventures in the Antarctic and granting the funding request was something we had to do.”

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills John Swinney MSP officially opened the new £31 million Harris Academy building on Wednesday (December 7).

The Deputy First Minister said: “I am very pleased to officially open the new Harris Academy building, which was supported with £20.3 million from the Scottish Government’s Schools for the Future programme, and combines educational tradition with state of the art accommodation.

“I am sure the new school will be a fantastic environment for pupils to learn in and will provide modern facilities the whole community will enjoy for generations to come.”

City council children and families service convener Councillor Stewart Hunter said: “This is a tremendous occasion for everyone connected with Harris Academy.

Pay housing benefit online The stunning new school building is designed to meet the educational challenges of the future and be an inspirational learning centre for our young people.

Kevin Dickson, regional managing director, Robertson Tayside, said: “This has been an exciting build to be involved with, that will have an impact on so many in Dundee now, and in the future.

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland, said: “It is great to see pupils and teachers enjoying the new school and its first class facilities. Housing benefit run on Our team worked closely with Dundee City Council to manage the project to successful early completion, delivering a high quality building at best value for the public purse. Getting housing benefit More than half of the workforce who built the school were local and the project created 21 work placements and 19 apprenticeships in the community.”

The first year of the Private Landlord Support Project has been a success, the Community Safety and Public Protection Committee will hear on Monday (January 9).

Evidence gathered indicates that the project is having a positive impact, improving standards across the Private Rented Sector (PRS) by providing support that leads to more engaged and legislatively compliant landlords.

Dundee City Council works with project managers Shelter Scotland which secured three years of funding from the Oak Foundation. Housing benefit and council tax calculator The aim is to improve standards in the Private Rented Sector and in particular to target those landlords who are inexperienced or unaware of the range of legislation affecting the sector.

Community Safety and Public Protection Committee Convener Councillor Alan Ross said: “It’s great to see this project doing so well, it enables us to work with landlords, tenants and intermediaries on better understanding of the sector and what would improve day to day practice by landlords.

“We work closely with landlords, running regular seminars on areas of interest and providing other help and guidance on issues like repairs and maintenance.

James Battye, private renting project manager at Shelter Scotland, said: “We welcome the support of Dundee City Council in making this project a success for both tenants and landlords. Can i get housing benefit calculator What we have uncovered in the city and also in the Highlands where we have another pilot project is that hundreds of landlords aren’t aware of the rules that apply to them. Housing benefit contact number london If that’s true across

There has been wide spread interest in the project, it was included as an example of good practice in the Scottish Government’s draft guidance for good local authorities on landlord registration, it was well received at the Shelter Scotland annual PRS conference, and Dundee Homefinders in devising a ‘Tenant Checklist’.

The project will continue to explore its strategy of engagement with landlords, with outreach to financial institutions such as banks offering BTL mortgages, Business Gateway and Chamber of Commerce planned.

TENANTS in Dundee have overwhelmingly backed the second lowest rent increase in the history of Dundee City Council, following an extensive eight week consultation.

A report to the city council’s neighbourhood services committee on Monday (January 23) recommends an increase of 1.25% following tenant feedback, second only to last year’s record low of 1%.

In addition to maintaining the lowest rent increases on record, Dundee City Council investment in external wall insulation, environmental improvements and new build housing continues to increase.

John Alexander convener of the neighbourhood services committee said: “We’ve had a brilliant response to our consultation with over 1700 tenants feeding in their views, with 59% supporting the lowest increase, but interestingly 41% going for a higher increase.

“Tenants’ views are vital and help shape the future of housing in Dundee. Housing benefit number halifax It’s great to see people supporting our plans to increase investment and I’m sure those supporting a higher increase, did so because they’ve seen the benefits derived in terms of external wall insulation and other improvements.

“As part of this budget, an extra £150,000 will be spent on environmental improvements – taking our budget up to £840,000, a further £3.1 million will be spent on energy efficiency measures and tackling the root cause of fuel poverty, there will be a continuation of a £250,000 hardship fund to protect those affected by welfare cuts and we’ll freeze charges for older residents in our sheltered accommodation for fourth year running.

“That is a record to be proud of and I am personally committed to continuing to drive up standards and invest in the areas that tenants want us to invest in.”

Kevin Cordell depute convener of the neighbourhood services committee added: “Investment is a key priority for us and we have received some very positive feedback for the proposals.

“Some direct quotes from tenants include; ‘It’s worth it if it means lots more investment in making homes and their surroundings nicer places to live’ and ‘Great to see the council taking account of tenants financial state and still trying to invest.’

“We’ve already spent more than £25 million in external wall insulation, putting cash back in the pockets of nearly 3000 tenants that would have gone into their meter. Documents needed for housing benefit claim We’ve created new parking in areas of the city such as at Haldane Avenue, painted fences and resurfaced paths as part of the environmental improvement budget.

“We spend around £250,000 improving our sheltered complexes every year such as improvements recently agreed at Corso Street. Apply online for housing benefit These are real community gains and something which tenants want to see more of which is why we have increased this budget.

“The regeneration of public sector and social housing in the city is continuing apace with developments expected to be ready this year in Derby Street, Alexander Street and Lochee. Housing benefit new claim Tenants have recognised that this level of increase will allow us to continue that transformation.”

In November and December last year, local events were set up in community centres, libraries and local offices to discuss the proposed rent increase with tenants and their representative bodies. Housing benefit law Material was also available from housing offices and on the council’s website as well as at displays at popular locations across the city.

The consultation took in the views of tenants, encouraging feedback via face to face events, an online survey, email and SMS, the results of which showed 59% of tenants preferred a 1.25% increase and 41% supported an option of 1.5% or 1.75%.

COUNCIL tenants, including residents at a sheltered housing complex, will see improvements to their homes if councillors accept a series of tenders next week.

More than £430,000 worth of work in Charleston, Lawton Road and at Corso Street sheltered lounge will improve roofs, stairs, boilers and lighting.

Vari McDonald, deputy convener of Dundee City Council’s neighbourhood services committee said: “We have a massive programme of works to ensure that our tenants are living in houses that are fit for the 21st century and as warm, fuel efficient and comfortable as possible.

“These particular works will re-roof 18 houses in Charleston, install 40 replacement gas boilers in the Lawton area, renew and replace steps, landings railings and supporting walls at 31 locations and up-grade the sheltered lounge at Corso Street.”

Dundee City Council’s construction services division submitted the best tender for three of the four projects with Anderson Specialist Contracting in Forfar bidding for the concrete stair replacements.

Dundee City Council struck gold when they were the only local authority in Scotland to be awarded with the Defence Employers Recognition Scheme Gold Award 2016.

The gold award was initially presented to representatives of the local authority by Prince William in October and will now be officially handed over during a presentation to the city’s Veterans Champion, Lord Provost Bob Duncan, at a Firm Base meeting on Wednesday (December 7).

The local authority has had a long and mutually supportive relationship with the Armed Forces which was formalised when the Council, along with representatives of military and ex-service organisations, signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant in March 2012 then the updated Armed Forces Covenant earlier this year

Dundee City Council promotes services to armed forces personnel, veterans and their families to ensure uptake of welfare benefits and money advice services, housing options, education, access to leisure facilities, social care services and employability and training services.

“Ensuring that service personnel, including reservists, and veterans don’t face any disadvantages is a major achievement of this city and something I am proud to be champion of.”

Firm Base is the name given to a network of groups covering the whole of Scotland which bring together the armed forces, veterans’ organisations, charities which support the military and their families and the local authorities and health services.

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