Agenda

Residential and Wellbeing Services Committee
Thursday 30th September 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 1, Arun Civic Centre, Maltravers Road, Littlehampton, BN17 5LF. View directions

Contact: Andrew Bishop (Ext. 37984) 

Media

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

2.

Declarations of Interest

Members and Officers are invited to make any declaration 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 items or as soon as the interest becomes apparent.

 

Members and Officers should make their declaration by stating:

 

a)             the item they have the interest in

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

c)             the nature of the interest

 

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 220 KB

The Committee will be asked to approve as a correct record the minutes of the Residential and Wellbeing Services Committee held on 22 July 2021 and the Extraordinary Committee held on 19 August 2021.

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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.

Public Question Time

To receive questions from the public (for a period of up to 15 minutes).

6.

Motion

The following Motion was submitted in accordance with Council Procedure 15.1 and 15.2 and referred to the Committee by Full Council on 15 September 2021.

 

Proposer:  Councillor Stanley

Seconder:  Councillor Bennett

 

This Council requests an officer report be produced exploring how we can further enhance our performance regarding Empty Homes, with an aim to bring even more of them back into use.

 

This report should include but not exclusively contain:-

1.      Council tax charged on Empty Homes with a view to exploring a potential sliding scale increase over time. A similar system is currently being used in Brighton and Hove.

2.      Council tax charged on Holiday Homes with a view to encourage owners to utilise their properties on at least an annual basis.

3.      A review of the incentives and services we (could) offer property owners to increase engagement with our Empty Homes Team and support tenant management issues and misconceptions.

 

4.      A review of how we promote our Empty Homes service and how we communicate success stories.

This Council acknowledges the potential financial impact of this work (both costs and income streams) well as the potential impact on officer resource and requests this information is included in the report.

 

Finally this Council requests a letter is sent to the relevant minister and local members of parliament requesting consideration is given to including Empty Homes that are brought back into use into the Housing Delivery targets for Local Authorities, and an option to co-sign this letter be given to all District Council Groups Leaders.

7.

Budget 2022/2023 Process pdf icon PDF 156 KB

The report provides a summary of the budget process for 2022/23 which the Committee is asked to note.

8.

Safer Arun Partnership Annual Review 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 576 KB

This report sets out the progress of the Safer Arun Partnership (SAP) during the period April 2020 to March 2021 in delivering the strategic priorities as contained in its Partnership Plan.  It provides information to enable Members to understand performance during the year allowing scrutiny of the partnership and provides a summary assessment of the future challenges and opportunities for SAP.

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9.

Empty Homes Council Tax Premium pdf icon PDF 112 KB

Members are asked to consider increases to Council Tax premiums payable for long term empty properties.

10.

Compliance Policies Approval pdf icon PDF 112 KB

Members are asked to approve new draft compliance policies to ensure landlords meet their legal and regulatory requirements in the following areas - Fire Safety, Gas Safety, Electrical Safety, Lift Safety, Asbestos Management, and Legionella.

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11.

Approval to Appoint a Roofing Contractor pdf icon PDF 31 KB

This report seeks approval to award a contract for roofing works for various properties following a tendering process and to approve the virement of £100,000 from the Kitchen and Bathroom programme budget to the Roofing budget to fund the project.

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Outside Bodies - Feedback from meetings

Will be circulated separately to the agenda should there be any.

12.

Work Programme pdf icon PDF 39 KB

The Committee is required to note the Work Programme for 2021/22.

13.

Exempt Information

The Committee is asked to consider passing the following resolution: -

 

That under Section 100a (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and accredited representatives of newspapers be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act by virtue of the paragraph specified against the item.

 

14.

Approval to Appoint a Roofing Contractor - Exempt

This report seeks approval to award a contract for roofing works for various properties following a tendering process.

15.

Award of Section 44a Business Rates

Members to recommend that the relief be awarded.

16.

Council Tax Insolvency Write Offs over £5,001

This report seeks Members’ approval to write off outstanding council tax charges which are subject to insolvency action.

17.

Business Rates Insolvency Write Offs over £10,001

This report seeks Members’ approval to write off outstanding business rate charges.