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Photo of Mr and Mrs Paulin outside their home with a large 20,000 and Cllr Bilson plus representatives from Wolverhampton Homes, Bullock and Wates.

A couple from Bunkers Hill, Bilston are celebrating after their home became the 20,000th to be improved by Wolverhampton Homes under the government-funded Decent Homes scheme.

Alexander (known as Sandy) and Ella Paulin, who live in Moseley Road, have had a brand new kitchen, electrical rewiring and new roof insulation.

Decent Homes work in Wolverhampton started back in 2007. In the last 12 months alone 1,483 homes have had new kitchens and 429 homes have had new bathrooms fitted by Wolverhampton Homes’ construction partners Bullock and Wates Living.

The 20,0000th Decent Home celebration comes after the news that Wolverhampton Homes has secured an additional £895,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency towards the Decent Homes project for this year. Wolverhampton Homes is the only ALMO in the country to benefit from this extra funding.

Chair of Wolverhampton Homes, Sue Roberts MBE said:

I saw the first decent home completed, so to see the 20,000th home is really special occasion for me. It’s a wonderful achievement and it is thanks to our great team of colleagues, our partners and our tenants.

It can be a lot of upheaval for our tenants having such a lot of work done at once but it is great to see tenants enjoying the fruits of our labour.

Sandy and Ella Paulin have been council tenants with Wolverhampton Homes for over 28 years.

Ella Paulin said:

It’s fantastic, we can’t thank everyone enough. The improvements have made a huge difference to our lives and all the guys who did the work were a credit to the contractors.

Councillor Peter Bilson, Deputy Leader of Wolverhampton City Council with responsibility for housing in the city, added:

It’s wonderful to see the city’s council housing being improved, but it’s not just about the housing, we’re improving tenants’ lives as well. Each of the 20,000 homes to be improved so far has had a big impact on the tenants living there and we look forward to improving more home and more tenants’ lives.

The Decent Homes programme is set to finish in March 2015 but capital improvement works with contractors Bullock and Wates will continue after this date.

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