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Ability Housing Association - Annual Report 2015

         Investing in homes

          By the end of the year, all our homes met  Summers Close
          the Decent Homes standard set by the
                                            Between service providers, we completely
          Government. This means they have
                                            redecorated Summers Close in Adderbury
          reasonably modern kitchens, bathrooms
                                            in Oxfordshire, which has six rooms for
          and boilers, and good quality insulation.
                                            residents with learning difficulties.
          In addition, we are working to our own
                                            We replaced the kitchen and fitted new
          Ability Standard – adding in upgrades
                                            carpets, as well as carrying out minor
          to home security, health and safety, fuel
                                            repairs and improving the bedrooms and
          efficiency and disability adaptations.
                                            bathrooms. The scheme was ready to let
          Customers helped us to identify these
                                            by May 2015.
          During the 2014-2015 financial year, we  The Lodge
          invested more than £538,000 in planned  By the end of the financial year, we had
          works and refurbishments to our existing  begun work on the transformation of
          homes. However, this was less than we  The Lodge in Farnham at a total cost of
          expected, because the failure of our   £608,000.
          repairs contractors meant that we had
          to focus instead on maintaining our   The Lodge was formerly a care home with
          day-to-day repairs service.       five rooms and a one-bedroom flat for
                                            customers with learning difficulties. It is
          We are now procuring a permanent new  situated next door to another of our
          repairs contractor for a five-year contract.  schemes – Cavell House.
          Once the service is embedded, we will be
          able to refocus on delivering the enhanced  In the interests of long-term sustainability,
          Ability Standard to all our homes.  we are now converting the ground floor
                                            of the property into three flats for wheel-
                                            chair users. Upstairs, we are extending
                                            the existing studio flat into the eaves to
                                            provide a one-bedroom flat.

                                            The scheme is due to be completed by
                                            the end of March. Customers living in the
                                            new flats will be supported by staff at
                                            Cavell House.
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