Borough of Poole’s People Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Health and Social Care) are recommending to Cabinet that Poole Housing Partnership (PHP) retains the management of the council's housing stock.
Members of the committee met on Monday 4 December to consider the findings of a strategic review of housing management, carried out by independent experts Campbell Tickell.
The Campbell Tickell report considered options for the future management of the council’s housing stock. The report analysed two options, which were Poole Housing Partnership continuing to manage the stock or bringing the stock back into council management. The report set out benefits (including savings) in both options as well as risks and issues. The independent experts conducted a comprehensive review and the process included consultation with tenants and leaseholders. The report also made recommendations for improvements and changes that could be made if the stock continued to be managed by Poole Housing Partnership, while clearly recognising the strengths of the current management arrangements.
Committee members unanimously voted in favour of continuing the current arrangements and support the recommendations from Campbell Tickell for the council and Poole Housing Partnership to work in partnership to make further improvements.
Councillors made the decision in the context of the 'minded to' decision by the Secretary of State, Sajid Javid, on the future of local government across Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth. They recognised that any future council will wish to consider the best way to manage its housing stock and that decisions should be taken now so that any new council is not fettered in its decision-making.
Cabinet members will now consider the report and the committee’s recommendation at a meeting on 9 January 2018.
Cllr Jane Newell, Chairman of the People Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Health and Social Care), Borough of Poole, said: “Since 2004, PHP has worked hard to deliver high standards for its residents. The thorough independent review highlights the continuing requirement for PHP to work together with the council to deliver the strategic priorities for our local communities. The committee supported the recommendations in the report to further enhance the successful track record joint working between the council and Poole Housing Partnership to date."