Decision details

Overview and Scrutiny Review of Registered Social Landlords

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To consider the recommendations of the review into the assurance processes for residents of registered social landlords and into the opportunities for registered social landlords to foster community and individual wellbeing amongst residents.

Decision:

RESOLVED that

 

      i.        The Executive commissions member development training that supports

strong community leadership for residents in social housing, including the

governance of registered providers and the role of environmental health in

investigating hazards and enforcing statutory checks. Training to be delivered

by December 2021.

 

     ii.        The Executive establishes a quarterly all-member briefing for councillors

delivered jointly by Housing officers and the Public Protection Partnership to

discuss housing activities across tenure, initiatives and any matters arising by

October 2021.

 

    iii.        The council provides information on its website about what tenants should

expect from their landlords, including statutory health and safety requirements

by July 2021.

 

   iv.        The Assistant Director: Customer Experience, Digital and ICT establishes

relationships with digital departments in the registered providers to identify

opportunities to align digital transformation programmes where practical, and

to share learning and good practice by December 2021.

 

     v.        The Executive Member for Adult Services, Health and Housing writes to

the Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government to express

Bracknell Forest’s support for the strong, proactive consumer regulatory

regime set out in the Social Housing White Paper by May 2021.

Reasons for the decision:

The Environment and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Panel concluded their

findings based on the evidence considered and review that was undertaken. The

review report is attached as Appendix A.

Alternative options considered:

The Environment and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Panel assessed several

options as part of the review.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:

None

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Financial Impact: Recommendations to remain within approved budgets

Declarations: None

Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No

Making Representations: In writing to the Executive Director: Delivery

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Meetings and interviews

Consultees

Registered Social Landlords and tenants

Contact: Kevin Gibbs, Executive Director: Delivery Email: kevin.gibbs@bracknell-forest.gov.uk.

Report author: Kevin Gibbs

Publication date: 27/04/2021

Date of decision: 27/04/2021

Decided at meeting: 27/04/2021 - Executive

Effective from: 05/05/2021

Accompanying Documents: