West Lothian in 
top three UK local 
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West Lothian Council has been praised by housing experts at the prestigious UK Housing Awards after being named as one of the UK’s top three local authorities.

The council was shortlisted in two categories for the 2016 UK Housing Awards 2016 – organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and Inside Housing magazine – which recognises outstanding work by housing organisations to improve the lives of people in their communities.

The 1000 new build housing programme was Highly Commended in the Local Authority of the Year category – coming second to Manchester City Council, one of the UK’s largest councils.

The council was also named a finalist in the Outstanding Development Programme of the Year Category.

The judges said: “The finalists this year were incredibly diverse, representing some of the largest and smallest landlords in the sector, and between them meet a huge variety of different needs.”

West Lothian Council was the only Scottish Landlord to be highly commended or receive an award.

Executive councillor for services for the community, George Paul, welcomed the news. He said: “I’d like to congratulate all the council staff involved in delivering the 1,000 new homes project.

“Everyone involved in this programme will be absolutely delighted that West Lothian Council were recognised at the UK Housing Awards.

“Building 1000 new council homes across the nine council ward areas will help satisfy the demand for affordable housing in West Lothian and enhance communities for generations to come.

“West Lothian is one of Scotland’s top performing local authorities when it comes to both the quality of our existing housing stock and the high number of new council homes being built.”