Agenda and decisions

Cabinet Member for Housing
Monday, 27th January, 2020 4.30 pm

Venue: Executive Meeting Room - The Guildhall, Floor 3

Contact: Joanne Wildsmith, Democratic Services Tel: 9283 4057  Email: joanne.wildsmith@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Declaration of Interests

3.

Temporary Accommodation Placement Policy pdf icon PDF 234 KB

The report by the Director of Housing, Neighbourhood and Building Services presents the Temporary Accommodation Placement Policy, which outlines how the council allocates and priorities temporary accommodation for homeless applicants in priority need.

 

RECOMMENDED that the Cabinet Member for Housing:

 

(1)       recognises the important role that temporary accommodation has in supporting people who are in crisis as a result of homelessness;

 

(2)       recognises that the policy formalises the working practice and ensures the fair allocation of temporary accommodation and meets its legal obligations;

 

(3)       approves the council's Temporary Accommodation Placement Policy which will then be published on the council's website.

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Cabinet Member for Housing

(1)  recognises the important role that temporary accommodation has in supporting people who are in crisis as a result of homelessness.

 

(2)  recognises that the policy formalises the working practice and ensures the fair allocation of temporary accommodation and meets its legal obligations.

 

(3)  approved the council's Temporary Accommodation Placement Policy which will be published on the council's website.

4.

Helping people secure a private rented home to reduce homelessness and housing need in Portsmouth pdf icon PDF 554 KB

The purpose of the report by the Director of Housing, Neighbourhood and Building Services is to provide detailed options outlining how the council could expand the financial assistance available to local residents to access the private rented sector.

 

RECOMMENDED that the Council Member for Housing:

 

(1)   notes the current difficulties that renters have in entering the private rented sector (PRS).

(2)     considers the options for providing additional support to enter the PRS.  This may be either extending the range of support for those that already receive it, or new support for those that the council currently does not have a legal duty to support.  Officers recommend the widening of a bond scheme and the use of a community bank to provide low cost loans.

(3)     notes the officer's recommendation to proceed with extending the bond scheme and enabling a community bank to provide low cost loans (options 2 and 4), and if agreed, to also agree the eligibility criteria for the scheme and determine the details of the scope.

(4)     Delegates to the Director of Housing, Neighbourhoods and Building Services the authority to develop and operate a 12 month pilot of the chosen scheme(s) in order to fully develop a working scheme, understand the demand from residents, and expose the financial risk for the council, and report back on the progress of the pilot scheme to the Cabinet Member for Housing.

(5)     identifies a source of funding from the general fund to provide the resources required to operate the chosen scheme, and to cover the financial liabilities of the pilot.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Cabinet Member for Housing:

(1)  noted the current difficulties that renters have in entering the private rented sector (PRS).

(2) considered the options for providing additional support to enter the PRS.  This may be either extending the range of support for those that already receive it, or new support for those that the council currently does not have a legal duty to support.  Officers recommend the widening of a bond scheme and the use of a community bank to provide low cost loans.

(3) Agreed to the officer's recommendation to proceed with extending the bond scheme and enabling a community bank to provide low-cost loans (Options 2 and 4). The Cabinet Member decided that the loans should be made available to residents interest-free, as outlined in option 4b. The Cabinet Member also agreed with the officer recommendations on eligibility and to adopt Scope 2, allowing those threatened with homelessness, not currently living in suitable self-contained accommodation or seeking a move into the private rented sector to benefit.

(4)       Delegated to the Director of Housing, Neighbourhoods and Building Services the authority to develop and operate a 12 month pilot of the chosen scheme(s) in order to fully develop a working scheme, understand the demand from residents, and expose the financial risk for the council, and that a review of the scheme's effectiveness and options for future development will be conducted and completed in the third quarter of the pilot to facilitate planning for the future.

(5) Agreed that funding for the operation and any financial liability incurred by the pilot comes from the Leader's portfolio reserve, in line with the Leader's constitutional obligation to tackle poverty in the city.

5.

Council Housing Budget 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 110 KB

The purpose of the report by the Director of Housing, Neighbourhood and Buildings is to seek the Cabinet Member’s decisions on Council Housing budgets, rents and other charges and to give authority for managers to incur expenditure in 2020/21.

 

The report also seeks to:

·         Approve the Revised Revenue budget 2019/20 and give authority to the Director Housing, Neighbourhood and Building Services & the Director of Finance and Information Services, to amend the budgets to reflect the latest available information prior to finalising budgets for 2019/20.

·         Note the forecast Revenue Budgets for 2021/22 to 2022/23 arising from the proposals set out in this report

·         Set rents in accordance with Central Government's social rent setting

policy.

 

RECOMMENDED

 

It is recommended that the Cabinet Member for Housing approve the following:

 

(i)        The Revised Budget as set out at Appendix 3.    

 

 

(ii)      All rents and charges to be effective from 1st April 2020 or such other date as determined by the Director of Housing, Neighbourhood and Building Services in consultation with the Director of Finance and Resources.

 

(iii)    Dwelling Rents for 2020/21 to be set in accordance with Central Government's Social Rent Policy.

 

(iv)    General Service charges for 2020/21 to be set at this meeting as set out in this report, and in accordance with Appendix 5.

 

(v)     Sheltered Housing Service charges for 2020/21 to be set at this meeting as set out in this report, and in accordance with Appendix 6.

 

(vi)    Laundry charges for 2020/21 to be set at this meeting as set out in this report, and in accordance with Appendix 7.

 

(vii)   Heating charges to be set in accordance with Appendix 8.

 

(viii)  Garages and parking site rents as shown in Appendix 9 be approved and authority to let garages at reduced rents where demand is low be delegated to the Director of Housing, Neighbourhood and Building Services in consultation with the Director of Finance and Resources.

 

(ix)    Revenue Budget 2020/21 as set out in Appendix 3 be approved and authority given to the Director of Housing, Neighbourhood and Building Services in consultation with the Director of Finance and Resources to amend the budgets to reflect the latest available information prior to finalising budgets for 2020/21.

 

(x)     The relevant Managers be authorised to incur expenditure in 2020/21.

 

(xi)    The forecast Revenue Budgets for 2021/22 to 2022/23 as set out in Appendix 3 arising from the proposals contained in this report, be noted.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Cabinet Member for Housing approved the following:

 

(i)             The Revised Budget as set out at Appendix 3 of the report.          

 

(ii)            All rents and charges to be effective from 1st April 2020 or such other date as determined by the Director of Housing, Neighbourhood and Building Services in consultation with the Director of Finance and Resources.

 

(iii)       Dwelling Rents for 2020/21 to be set in accordance with Central Government's Social Rent Policy (rise of 2.7%).

 

(iv)       General Service charges for 2020/21 to be set at this meeting as set out in the report, and in accordance with Appendix 5.

 

(v)        Sheltered Housing Service charges for 2020/21 to be set at this meeting as set out in the report, and in accordance with Appendix 6.

 

(vi)       Laundry charges for 2020/21 to be set at this meeting as set out in the report, and in accordance with Appendix 7 (no rise).

 

(vii)      Heating charges to be set in accordance with Appendix 8 (no rise).

 

(viii)     Garages and parking site rents as shown in Appendix 9 be approved and authority to let garages at reduced rents where demand is low be delegated to the Director of Housing, Neighbourhood and Building Services in consultation with the Director of Finance and Resources.

 

(ix)       Revenue Budget 2020/21 as set out in Appendix 3 be approved and authority given to the Director of Housing, Neighbourhood and Building Services in consultation with the Director of Finance and Resources to amend the budgets to reflect the latest available information prior to finalising budgets for 2020/21.

 

(x)        The relevant Managers be authorised to incur expenditure in 2020/21.

 

(xi)       The forecast Revenue Budgets for 2021/22 to 2022/23 as set out in Appendix 3 arising from the proposals contained in this report, be noted.