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RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 16 November 2015 be confirmed.
The committee referred to minute number 25 and updated that members had visited St Botolphs Court and commented that the work that had been completed was very good and the residents were happy with it.
The Chair raised the issue of space available for mobility scooters.
Bob Ledger, Director of Housing and Community Services responded that the space available for mobility scooters was an issue. An external area for charging mobility was available at St Botolphs Court and De Wint Court.
Declarations of Interest
Please note that, in accordance with the Members' Code of Conduct, when declaring interests members must disclose the existence and nature of the interest, and whether it is a disclosable pecuniary interest (DPI) or personal and/or pecuniary.
No declarations of interest were received.
Bob Ledger, Director of Housing and Community Services
presented a report to outline information in relation to the impact
of a 1% reduction in rent levels
advised that the Council was currently below the target of 2.75%
for reducing rent arrears and it was anticipated that the end of
year target would be achieved
referred to paragraph 2.2 of the report and gave an overview of the
1% reduction in rent for 2016/17 advised that the outstanding debt
would be £774,125 at the target level
advised that the difference in outstanding debt of the 1% reduction
on the year-end target was £7,819 therefore the reduction
will not significantly affect the target setting
e. further advised that the officers were aiming to meet the 2.75% target by the end of March 2016 and it was anticipated that the Council would be aiming for an even lower arrears figure for 2016/17 (anticipated to be 2.5%)
The Chair asked if the service charge was included within the rent reduction?
Bob Ledger, Director of Housing and Community Services advised that some service charges would not have had to be reduced if the rents and service charges had been disaggregated. He recommended that this should be a future project.
RESOLVED that the contents of the report be noted.
Eric Jenkinson advised of the following LTP matters:
· There had been one LTP meeting since Christmas
· LTP were trying to recruit members for the Manse and the City Centre
· The tenant inspection of void properties were continuing to go well with the 3 properties that had been inspected reaching the required standard
This item was withdrawn from the agenda and will be added to the next meeting of Housing Scrutiny Sub Committee.
Claire Turner, Democratic Service Officer
presented the work programme for the Housing Scrutiny Sub Committee
for 2015/16 as detailed at Appendix A of the report
b. advised that this was an opportunity for the committee to suggest other items be included within the work programme
The Chair suggested that the following items be added to the work programme for 2016/17:
· Post Implementation Review of Servitor
· New Build Modernisation Programme
· Tenancy changes
RESOLVED that the above topics be included on the work programme for 2016/17.