Agenda

Cabinet Member for Housing and Preventing Homelessness - Thursday, 2nd February, 2023 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber - The Guildhall, Portsmouth. View directions

Contact: Allison Harper 023 9268 8014  Email: democratic@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Declarations of interest

3.

Park Homes Pitch Fee Review 2023

Purpose of report

The purpose of the report is to present the options and agree the approach that will be applied to the upcoming annual pitch fee review process for April 2023.

 

Recommendations

 

That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Preventing Homelessness takes note of the recommendations in this report and agrees to one of the following options:

 

Option 1: Increase Park Homes pitch fees by 6% from 1st April 2023 or

Option 2: Increase Park Homes pitch fees by the Retail Price Index (RPI) for England at the rate set in January 2023 from 1st April 2023.

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4.

Private Sector Housing Fees and Charges

Purpose of Report

The purpose of the report is to present the proposals for Private Sector Housing (PSH) fee adjustments for chargeable services to ensure fees achieve full cost recovery.

 

Recommendations

 

1.    That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Preventing Homelessness approves the proposals for PSH fee adjustments for the city council's mandatory HMO licensing fees as outlined in Appendix 1, to commence from 1April 2023.

 

2.    That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Preventing Homeless ness approves the proposals for PSH fee adjustments for the city council's Private Sector Housing Enforcement fees in Appendix 2, to commence from 1 April 2023.

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5.

Update on Full Fibre to the Home - City Fibre

Purpose of report

 

1.    The report is for information only and provides the Cabinet Member for Housing and Preventing Homelessness with a further update on the Full Fibre to the Home City Fibre Infrastructure works and details the progress made across the Portsmouth City Council's housing property portfolio since the last update provided on 24th January 2022.

 

2.    The Cabinet Member for Housing and Preventing Homelessness places on record a note for thanks to the City Fibre and Building Services team for their continued work and extending the scope of the project to Portsmouth City Council's owned council housing blocks within Havant Borough Council's area.

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6.

Council Housing Budget (including rents) 2023/2024

Purpose of report

 

1.1         The law requires that all income and expenditure relating to Council Housing is accounted for separately in the Housing Revenue Account (HRA).  All other Council income and expenditure is accounted for together in a separate account called the General Fund.  This report deals solely with the HRA.

 

1.2         The City Council has delegated the function of setting rents, charges and revenue budgets for Council Housing to the Cabinet Member for Housing and Preventing Homelessness.  Following consultation with residents and leaseholders, this report seeks to address all HRA budget issues. 

 

1.3         The purpose of this report is to seek the Cabinet Member’s decisions on the City Council Housing budgets, rents and other charges and to give authority for managers to incur expenditure in 2023/24.

 

1.4         The report also seeks to:

 

o   Note the Forecast Revenue Outturn for 2022/23 and give authority to the Director of Housing, Neighbourhood and Building Services & the Director of Finance and Resources to amend the budgets to reflect the latest available information prior to finalising budgets for 2023/24.

 

o   Note the Forecast Revenue Budgets for 2024/25 to 2026/27 arising from the proposals set out in this report.

 

o   Set rents with an average increase of 7%, which is in line with the maximum increase allowed by Central Government's Social Rent Setting Policy.

 

Recommendations

 

It is recommended that the Cabinet Member for Housing and Preventing Homelessness approves the following:

 

(i)           The Forecast Revenue Outturn for 2022/23 arising from monitoring discussions with Managers, as set out at Appendix 3, be noted.        

(ii)          All rents and charges to be effective from Monday 03 April 2023 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 2023/24 to be set with an average increase of 7%, which is in line with the maximum allowable under Central Government's Social Rent Setting Policy.

 

(iv)      General Service Charges for 2023/24 to be set at this meeting, as set out in this report, and in accordance with Appendix 5.

 

(v)       Sheltered Housing Service Charges for 2023/24 to be set at this meeting, as set out in this report, and in accordance with Appendix 6.

 

(vi)      Laundry Charges for 2023/24 to be set at this meeting, as set out in this report, and in accordance with Appendix 7.

 

(vii)     Heating Charges for 2023/24 to be set in accordance with Appendix 8.

 

(viii)    Garages and Parking Site Rents for 2023/24, 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)      The Revenue Budget for 2023/24, 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  ...  view the full agenda text for item 6.

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