Agenda

Housing & Customer Services Working Group
Thursday 5th November 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 1 - Pink Room. View directions

Contact: Carley Lavender (Ext 37547) 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Declarations of interest

            Members and Officers are reminded to make any declarations of pecuniary, personal and/or prejudicial interests that they may have in relation to items on this agenda and are reminded that they should re-declare their interest before consideration of the item or as soon as the interest becomes apparent.

 

            Members and officer should make their declaration by stating :

a) the application they have the interest in

b) whether it is a pecuniary, personal and/or prejudicial

c) the nature of the interest

d) if it is a prejudicial or pecuniary interest, whether they will be exercising their right to speak to the application

 

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 121 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting of the Housing & Customer Services Working Group held on XX XXXX XXXX as attached/as previously circulated.

4.

Items not on the agenda that the Chairman of the meeting is of the opinion should be considered as a matter of urgency by reason of special circumstances

5.

Additional and Selective Licensing Schemes for Houses in Multiple Occupation pdf icon PDF 393 KB

At the meeting of Full Council on 25 February 2020 a motion was received from the Liberal Democrat Group in accordance with Council procedure 14.1 and 14.2 which stated: -

“The Council is asked to support a request for officers to explore what options might exist for introducing further controls on the definition, number and quality of homes in Multiple Occupation and prepare appropriate reports for the relevant decision body of the Council”.

The report provides information and looks at the options to introduce an additional licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation or a selective licensing scheme for the private rented sector as a means of addressing the quality of houses in multiple occupation. The advantages and disadvantages of these schemes are explored within the report and recommendations are made in relation to the most appropriate course of action.

Additional documents:

6.

Customer Services Strategy pdf icon PDF 306 KB

This report briefly reviews progress on the implementation of the new Customer Services Strategy.  This follows a report taken to the working group in September 2019 which set out the process of implementation of the Strategy and how this would be embedded into the organisation.

The report presents the revised draft Strategy together with setting out the next steps prior to recommending the strategy to Cabinet and Full Council.

Additional documents:

7.

Water Hygiene Policy & Management Plan pdf icon PDF 146 KB

This report seeks approval for the adoption of the Water Safety Policy in respect of Council housing stock.

 

Housing and Customer Services Working Group is asked to recommend to Cabinet:

 

·      the adoption of the Water Safety Policy 2020

·       to give delegated authority to the Group Head of Residential Services in conjunction with the Cabinet Member for Residential Services to make minor changes to the policy and plan

Additional documents:

8.

Gas Safety Policy & Management Plan pdf icon PDF 146 KB

This report seeks approval for the adoption of the Gas Safety Policy in respect of Council housing stock.

 

Housing and Customer Services Working Group is asked to recommend to Cabinet:

 

·      The adoption of the Gas Safety Policy October 2020

·       To give delegated authority to the Group Head of Residential Services in conjunction with the Cabinet Member for Residential Services to make minor changes to the policy

Additional documents:

9.

Report back from Cabinet/Full Council

The recommendations that were put forward at the last meeting of the Working Group on 21 July 2020 were presented at the Full Council Meeting on 16 September 2020.

 

            Minute 9 [Work Programme] which was to approve the Working Group’s Work Programme for the remainder of the Municipal Year 2020/21 which he formally proposed.  The recommendation was then seconded by Councillor Mrs Pendleton.

 

            The Council

 

                        RESOLVED

 

                        That the Work Programme for the Housing & Customer Services Working Group for 2020/21 be approved.

 

 

10.

Work Programme 2019/2020 pdf icon PDF 14 KB

To review and consider any changes needed to the approved work programme for 2020/21.