Consultations on council house management
As part of the consultation process a series of drop-in sessions for tenants and leaseholders has been arranged seeking views on Newark and Sherwood District Council directly managing homes.
This follows a questionnaire which has been sent to all tenants and leaseholders in the district regarding the proposed change to the management of council housing in Newark and Sherwood.
The service is currently run by Newark and Sherwood Homes which was set up by the council 15 years ago in order to secure national funding to improve council houses. An independent review was recently carried out into the best option for managing housing services with one of the main findings stating that savings of £1million each year could be achieved by bringing housing services back under direct council control. These savings will be reinvested in tenant services and used to deliver much-needed new council homes for local people.
If the proposal to bring housing services back under direct council control is approved, the council will:
- increase involvement and engagement of tenants in decision-making about how services are developed and delivered;
- be responsible for making day-to-day housing management decisions, such as how tenancies and leases are enforced and where money is spent on estates; and
- be the single point of contact for housing issues – although the frontline staff that deliver these services will not change.
An independent resident engagement specialist called Open Communities has been employed to manage the consultation process, which runs until August 21, 2019. For any tenants or leaseholders with queries their Freephone number is 0800 075 1051.
Council Chief Executive John Robinson said: “Making a change to the way that council housing is managed is an extremely important decision so I really hope that tenants and leaseholders have their say on this proposal and take the time to complete and return the questionnaire.
“Newark and Sherwood Homes has a strong track record of providing good services to our tenants but it’s always important to continually look for new ways to improve.”
Rebecca Rance, Chief Executive at Newark and Sherwood Homes, said: “The delivery of excellent services to our tenants and customers remains our priority. We encourage any tenant or leaseholder who wishes to be involved with the consultation to attend one of the drop in sessions to find out more about the council’s proposal. Our staff remain available to answer any questions or service requests using the usual methods.”
Tenants are assured that the proposal will not affect their tenancy or lease and they will remain a secure tenant or leaseholder of the council. The council will continue to set rents and charges within the same guidelines as it does now.
The results of the consultation will then be considered by the council’s Policy and Finance Committee in September 2019 and tenants and leaseholders will be informed of the outcome by letter.
The drop-in sessions are:
Tuesday, July 16
De-Lacy Court, Ollerton (4-7pm)
Thursday, July 25
The Green Community Centre, Bilsthorpe (10.30am to 12.30pm)
Cambridge Close Community Centre, Rainworth (2-5pm)
Friday, July 26
King’s Court Community Centre, Southwell (10.30am to 1pm)
The Bridge Community Centre, Newark (4-7pm)
Tuesday, July 30
Cleveland Square Community Centre, Newark (10am to 12pm)
Castle House, Newark (4-7pm)
For further information go to: www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/housing/Housingmanagementreview or Open Communities at or https://open-communities.org/