Agenda and minutes

Housing Scrutiny Sub-Committee - Monday, 18th January 2016 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 1, City Hall

Contact: Democratic Services - 01522 873619 

No. Item


Confirmation of Minutes - 16 November 2015 pdf icon PDF 122 KB


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 16 November 2015 be confirmed.


Matters Arising


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.


Impact of Rent Reduction upon Performance Targets pdf icon PDF 62 KB


Bob Ledger, Director of Housing and Community Services


a.    presented a report to outline information in relation to the impact of a 1% reduction in rent levels

b.    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

c.    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

d.    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 processes

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.


LTP Matters


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


ASB Policy


This item was withdrawn from the agenda and will be added to the next meeting of Housing Scrutiny Sub Committee.


Work Programme 2015/16 pdf icon PDF 12 KB

Additional documents:


Claire Turner, Democratic Service Officer


a.    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.