Agenda and draft minutes

Housing and Community Overview and Scrutiny
Tuesday, 6th February, 2018 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, The Forum. View directions

Contact: Kayley Johnston  Member Support

No. Item



To confirm the minutes from the previous meeting


The minutes of the Housing and Community OSC meeting on 5th December 2017 and 10th January 2018 were agreed by Members and signed by the Chair.



Apologies for absence

To receive any apologies for absence



Apologies received from Cllr England, Cllr Adeleke, Cllr Silwal, Cllr Conway and Cllr Fethney.



Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest


A member with a disclosable pecuniary interest or a personal interest in a matter who attends a meeting of the authority at which the matter is considered -


(i)            must disclose the interest at the start of the meeting or when the interest becomes apparent


and, if the interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest, or a personal interest which is also prejudicial


(ii)           may not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter (and must withdraw to the public seating area) unless they have been granted a dispensation.


A member who discloses at a meeting a disclosable pecuniary interest which is not registered in the Members’ Register of Interests, or is not the subject of a pending notification, must notify the Monitoring Officer of the interest within 28 days of the disclosure.


Disclosable pecuniary interests, personal and prejudicial interests are defined in Part 2 of the Code of Conduct For Members


[If a member is in any doubt as to whether they have an interest which should be declared they should seek the advice of the Monitoring Officer before the start of the meeting]



There was no declaration of interest.



Public Participation

An opportunity for members of the public to make statements or ask questions in accordance with the rules as to public participation


There was no public participation.



Consideration of any matter referred to the committee in relation to call-in





Budget Preparations 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 128 KB

Additional documents:


J Dean gave an in-depth presentation to all Councillors on the Councils budget.



The Housing and Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee started at 8:25pm


E Brooks gave a presentation to members on the HRA changes since December 2017.


Cllr Bassadone asked if we have been asked to give back money from the reduction of water rates.


E Brooks said no not yet, they are not sure of the full legal position, its Mark Brooks that deals with that.


Cllr W Wyatt-Lowe said that there had been a big increase in employee costs and asked what the reason for this was page 39.


R Smyth said that the majority is for the growth bid for the 2 new posts which he will talk about in his presentation.


D Austin gave a verbal update confirming it has been agreed and funded for a 6 month Victim Support post. He will feedback how it’s gone at a later date and then hopefully if all is well they can have a permanent roll if the feedback is good.


Cllr Hearn was delighted to hear this.


Cllr Mahmood said it would be useful to see the job description.


R Smyth presented a presentation on the changes since December 2017.


Cllr Bassadone asked if the figures were still undisclosed.


R Smyth said that the figures will be published soon, we will write to member’s to they are aware its going public.


Cllr Mahmood referred to page 6, private sectors housing enforcement, are we going to get a creep on this responsibility. Are there plans to fee licences to private landlords.


E Brooks said that they have a meeting this week to see where this responsibility lies, it is on the radial. We are not setting up a Ps team but maybe in a few years it might be required.


N Beresford said that the process is to determine the ongoing resources and to create an income in that area and a management order on properties that are not up to standards.


Cllr Imani highlighted an issue that she was aware of on private sector housing. This is a massive risk when partners separate and share.


N Beresford said there is a high risk with private enforcement. They are currently re looking at the housing register to see who is sharing with whom.



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