Agenda and minutes

Cabinet - Tuesday, 13th July, 2021 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - South Kesteven House, St. Peter's Hill, Grantham. NG31 6PZ

Contact: Democratic Services 

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12.

Register of attendance and apologies for absence

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    Minutes:

    All Cabinet Members were present.

     

13.

Minutes of the meeting held on 15 June 2021 pdf icon PDF 171 KB

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    Minutes:

    The minutes of the meeting held on 15 June 2021 were agreed as a correct record of the decisions taken.

     

14.

Disclosure of Interests (if any)

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    Minutes:

    No interests were disclosed.

     

15.

Outturn Position Report 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 663 KB

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Choice Based Lettings Scheme Consultation pdf icon PDF 386 KB

    Report of the Cabinet Member for Housing and Property.

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    Purpose of report

     

    To provide background on Choice Based Lettings schemes in advance of any consultation on a possible change of approach from direct lettings to a Choice Based Lettings scheme, and also to provide information on future amendments to the Council’s existing Allocation Policy.

     

    Decision

     

    On being put to the vote, it was AGREED:

     

    1.    To note the content of the report and the likely benefits of a Choice Based Lettings Approach.

     

    2.    To approve:

     

    a)    The consultation with partners and housing register applicants, as detailed in the report, to support the review of the Council’s Allocation Policy and the introduction of a Choice Based Lettings process.

     

    b)    The consultation materials, processes and timescale as suggested in and appended to the report, and delegate to the Director of Housing and Property authority to make minor amendments to the materials and process as needed.

     

    c)    The submission of a future report with a revised Allocation Policy and Choice Based Lettings scheme, taking into account the Council’s statutory responsibilities and the consultation responses.

    Other options considered and rejected

     

    a)    Do nothing and continue with a direct lettings approach.

     

    b)    Change to a Choice Based Lettings approach.

    Reason for the decision

     

    The Cabinet Member for Housing and Property introduced the report which set out a potential change to the way the Council allocated its vacant properties, from a direct letting approach to one where applicants bid for suitable homes to meet their needs, through an automated bidding system known as Choice Based Lettings.

17.

Key and Non-Key Decisions taken under Delegated Powers pdf icon PDF 309 KB

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    Purpose of report

     

    To provide an overview of decisions taken by individual Cabinet Members since the last meeting of the Cabinet on 15 June 2021.

     

    Decision

     

    On being put to the vote it was AGREED to note the contents of the report.

     

    Other options considered and rejected

     

    No other options were considered.

     

    Reason for the decision

     

    The Leader of the Council introduced the report which set out the Key and Non-Key decisions which had been taken under delegated authority since the Cabinet last met on 15 June 2021.

     

    The Cabinet Member for Housing and Property had made a Non-Key decision on 8 June 2021 regarding the approval to award the management of specific Council operated commercial assets to an external management agent. This decision was effective from 18 June 2021.

     

18.

Cabinet Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 303 KB

19.

Matters Referred to Cabinet by the Council or Overview and Scrutiny Committees:

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19a

Housing Customer Feedback Policy pdf icon PDF 360 KB

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    Report of the Cabinet Member for Housing and Property.

     

    Appendix 4 of this report is considered exempt under Section

    100(a)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, should Members wish

    to discuss its contents the press and public may be excluded from

    the meeting during any listed items of business, on the grounds that

    if they were to be present, exempt information could be disclosed to

    them as defined in the paragraphs 1 and 2 of Schedule 12A of the

    Act.

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    Purpose of report

     

    To propose a Housing Customer Feedback Policy.

     

    Decision

     

    On being put to the vote, it was AGREED that Cabinet:

     

    a)    Note the content of the report in relation to the management of complaints, compliments and comments in respect of the Council’s role as a social landlord.

     

    b)    Approve the proposed Housing Customer Feedback Policy.

     

    c)    Delegate to the Director of Housing and Property authority to make minor changes to the Policy as required by changes to legislation or regulation.

    Other options considered and rejected

     

    No other options were considered.

     

    Reason for the decision

     

    The Cabinet Member for Housing and Property introduced the report which detailed the proposed Housing Customer Feedback Policy, setting out how the Housing Service would manage feedback. The document outlined the Authority’s need as a social landlord to listen and act on the views of its service users and to comply with the Social Housing White Paper and the Housing Ombudsman Complaints Handling Code.

     

    The meeting closed at 14:25.