What is proposed?
To bring the management of the council’s housing services, currently the remit of the council’s housing management company Newark and Sherwood Homes, back under the council’s direct control. Savings of up to £1m a year would be achieved which would be spent on tenants’ services and new homes.
The council commissioned Open Communities to conduct an eight-week consultation inviting tenants’ and leaseholders’ views on the proposal to bring the services back in-house.
The consultation period has closed and a final decision was made on 26 September at the council’s policy and finance committee.
Following an ‘in principle’ decision to bring the management of council housing back into the council’s control, the decision has now been finalised by the Policy and Finance Committee on Thursday 26 September 2019.
As a consequence of this, Newark and Sherwood Homes staff will transfer across to the council before 1 April 2020.
All tenants will be informed of this decision by letter.
It is important to note that this decision does not in any way affect tenancy or leaseholders’ rights, the council remains the landlord of these properties.
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Review of Housing Management Services
Background to the review
Newark and Sherwood Homes (NSH) was set up by the council 15 years ago in order to secure national funding to improve council houses.
NSH 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 will decide whether to wind up the company and bring the management of council housing back into the council.
Following a review undertaken by independent advisers, it is expected that this change will save just under £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.