What is proposed?
To bring the housing services back under the council’s direct control.
What happens now?
- The council is consulting tenants about bringing the services back in house
- This move will save £1m which will be spent on tenants’ services and new homes
- Open communities are the independent advisor who is undertaking the consultation
- There is a paper copy of the consultation being sent to all tenants
- A decision will be made following the consultation by Policy and Finance Committee in September
- Tenants will be informed of the outcome by letter
Review of Housing Management Services
We are undertaking a review and consultation on bringing the management of council housing back into the council’s control.
Newark and Sherwood Homes (NSH) was set up by the council 15 years ago in order to secure national funding to improve council houses. Up and down the country, local authorities have been closing their arms-length housing companies for a number of reasons including to make savings to reinvest in tenants’ services.
Newark and Sherwood Homes is a high performing housing management company that has led an impressive programme of improvements to council houses. However, the original rationale for having a separate housing management company no longer applies and therefore the policy and finance committee is being asked to support a proposal to consult with tenants on ending the company and bringing the management of council housing back into the council.
Following a review undertaken by an independent adviser, it is expected that this change will save at least £1million per year; after allowing for inflation this means additional available resources, estimated at £40m over the next 30 years, which will be re-invested in new council homes and frontline services, to improve the lives and homes of tenants.
We will continue to work together with Newark and Sherwood Homes in the best interests of tenants.
Your home, your views
We have appointed an independent resident engagement specialist called Open Communities to undertake the tenant and leaseholder consultation process.
The consultation period will run for eight weeks until Wednesday 21 August and all responses should be returned to Open Communities.
Tenants and leaseholders will also have the opportunity to complete the questionnaire online. During the consultation period tenants and leaseholders will be able to contact Open Communities on a Freephone number to answer any queries.
Any queries regarding the consultation need to be directed to Open Communities