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Housing Compliance and Riverside

Meeting: 17/12/2020 - Council (Item 51)

51 Housing Compliance Audit 2020 including Riverside Inquiry and Housing Development Update pdf icon PDF 490 KB

To provide Members with an update and information regarding the Housing Compliance Audit and the Riverside Independent Inquiry 2020.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Before discussion on the item commenced, it was proposed that Standing Orders be suspended as per Article 4.10 and 4.11 of the Council’s Constitution due to the nature of the items and to help with the flow of the debate. The proposer also had three amendments to make and was happy for these to be dealt with together, rather than individually.  The Monitoring Officer clarified the position in relation to the proposal and the amendments.

 

The proposal to suspend Article 4.10 and 4.11 of the Constitution was seconded. 

 

On being put to the vote it was LOST.

 

The Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning stated that there had been two system breakdown incidents at Riverside over the previous weekend which had been addressed and the systems were now working. 

 

The report provided Members with an update and information regarding the Housing Compliance Audit and the Riverside Independent Inquiry 2020.

 

Briefings on the Compliance Audit and the Riverside Inquiry had been given at the November meeting of the Rural and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the Governance and Audit Committee.  An all Member briefing had been provided on the Compliance Audit, the amended HRA 3 year rolling new build programme and the Riverside Inquiry in November 2020.  Since the report had been circulated improvements had started and a high-level overview of tasks had taken place, which had already changed the original red/amber status to amber.  Easier monitoring of the improvement plan had been put in place and would be a regular item on the Rural and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee, it would also be reported to the Governance and Audit Committee.  Meetings had taken place with all Housing Officers, with the Chief Executive’s support to ensure improvement to the functions of the Housing Service.

 

The Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning reminded Members that the Council had reported itself to the Housing Regulator, therefore any timelines as such would be stipulated, by the Housing Regulator, and not by the Council. A meeting with the Housing Regulator was expected to take place in January 2021 where recommendations would be discussed, which would look at the compliance challenges faced by the Council.  Members would be updated as soon as information was known. The six recommendations contained within the report were proposed by the Cabinet Member, which was seconded.

 

Members expressed grave concerns over the non-compliance by the Council of basic housing responsibilities and checks and its failure to carry out proper, gas, electric, legionella, asbestos and fire safety checks.  Members felt that they had let down the tenants, some of which were frail and vulnerable. 

 

Although the plans and measures announced to date were welcomed, it was felt that they did not go far enough and that the timeframe was too long, an amendment to the recommendations was proposed.

 

(14:08 Cllr Selby left the meeting)

 

The amendment was that in response to the housing compliance report the Council resolves to provide whatever resources prove necessary to achieve full compliance with  ...  view the full minutes text for item 51


Meeting: 26/11/2020 - Council (Item 42)

42 Housing Compliance Audit 2020 including Riverside Inquiry and Housing Development Update pdf icon PDF 490 KB

To provide Members with an update and information regarding the Housing Compliance Audit and the Riverside Independent Inquiry 2020.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

As the extended time had been reached, the issue was deferred to a meeting to be arranged.