A PROJECT which outlined major improvement work at more than 1,000 council houses has recorded an underspend.

Berneslai Homes identified 1,101 properties in need of new boilers, rewires, kitchen replacements and insulation work.

However, the multi-million pound scheme saw £1.395m left over, although that sum will be ringfenced should work be needed.

A report said: “The reduction in cost is reflective of a combination of works not being required to the value originally assumed and tenant refusals, totalling 136 properties.

“The funding is ringfenced and as such will fall back into unallocated monies to be utilised in future years.”