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Housing management options appraisal - outcome of formal consultation

An options appraisal was completed in October 2019, reviewing the delivery of housing management services provided by East Kent Housing (EKH) on behalf of Canterbury City Council, Dover District Council, Folkestone and Hythe District Council and Thanet District Council. The four councils agreed that the preferred option for future service provision to the four councils’ tenants and leaseholders is that it should become an in-house service, subject to consultation. The attached Cabinet report sets out the outcomes from the formal consultation exercise undertaken with EKH tenants and leaseholders. It proposes that officers from across the four councils be instructed to negotiate ending the agreement with EKH and to make preparations for the housing management service to be brought in-house.

 

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An options appraisal was completed in October 2019, reviewing the delivery of housing management services provided by East Kent Housing (EKH) on behalf of Canterbury City Council, Dover District Council, Folkestone and Hythe District Council and Thanet District Council. The four councils agreed that the preferred option for future service provision to the four councils’ tenants and leaseholders is that it should become an in-house service, subject to consultation. The Cabinet report sets out the outcomes from the formal consultation exercise undertaken with EKH tenants and leaseholders. It proposes that officers from across the four councils be instructed to negotiate ending the agreement with EKH and to make preparations for the housing management service to be brought in-house.

 

Proposed by Councillor Mrs Carey,

Seconded by Councillor P Martin; and

 

RESOLVED:

 

1.             That Report A/19/28 be received and noted.

2.             That it be recommended to Cabinetthat:

(1)      That having noted the results of the tenant and leaseholder consultation, the cost/benefit analysis and the risk analysis, it be agreed that the management of the council’s housing stock be brought back in-house.

(2)      That the Director of Transformation and Transition, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Housing, Transport and Special Projects be authorised to negotiate and conclude a termination of the management agreement with EKH as soon as practicable.

(3)      That the Director of Transformation and Transition, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Housing, Transport and Special Projects be authorised to take such decisions as may be necessary to facilitate the process of bringing the housing service in-house in discussion with the appropriate statutory officers..

 

(Voting figures: 29 for, 0 against, 0 abstentions).

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