Agenda

Cabinet Member for Housing and Preventing Homelessness - Monday, 20th September, 2021 4.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - The Guildhall. View directions

Contact: Anna Martyn - Tel 023 9283 4870  Email: anna.martyn@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

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Items
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Meeting information: Risk assessment for the Council Chamber pdf icon PDF 421 KB

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Declarations of interest

3.

Management of energy provision in local authority housing whilst void pdf icon PDF 164 KB

Purpose

The purpose of the report is to recommend an improved system of managing the issue of gas and electricity supplies in local authority social housing dwellings when the property is void. This report will highlight the benefits a new system would offer tenants and the Housing Revenue Account (HRA).

 

RECOMMENDED that the Cabinet Member

 

1.    Recognises the benefits for tenants from a standardised process for the management of gas and electricity bills when Local Authority Housing properties change tenants.

2.    Notes the positive impact of the pilot with Utilita which includes, providing a clear and concise service to tenants, and that it saves money, staff resource time and generates a small income.

3.    Agrees the pilot is extended to the full housing stock. 

4.    Delegates to the Director of Housing, Neighbourhood and Building Services to undertake all necessary and procedural actions to formalise the process for void energy management with a single supplier in the long term, undertaking a suitable procurement process if and when required.

 

 

Additional documents:

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Update on assistance for people to secure a private rented home, to reduce homelessness and housing need in Portsmouth pdf icon PDF 175 KB

Purpose

To provide an update on assistance for people to secure a private rented home, to reduce homelessness and housing need in Portsmouth. This includes an update on previously agreed actions agreed in January 2020.

 

RECOMMENDED that the Cabinet Member

 

1.    Approve that the 0% rent deposit loan scheme pilot is no longer suitable for delivery.

2.    Subject to funding, proceed with the development of the bond scheme, piloted over the next 12 months, as one element in a range of options offered to landlords to increase access to the private rented sector.

3.    Submit a request for use of up to £85,600 from reserves to fund the pilot of the bond scheme for one year.

4.    Recognise the work of the pilot PRS Access team in helping over 70 families and 123 single people to access the private rental sector.  Approve the completion of the pilot to understand if a longer-term service can be sustainably provided.

 

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Update on the actions from the Private Rental Sector Strategy 2021-2026 pdf icon PDF 187 KB

Purpose

To provide an update on the progress of actions agreed in the Private Rental Sector Strategy 2021-2026.