To consider report SHAP/77 of the Head of Strategic Housing, which was referred to the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Commission on 25 November 2019.
The Cabinet Member for Housing presented report SHAP/77 of the Head of Strategic Housing which was a proposed update of the Council’s existing Tenancy Strategy which was first published in 2012, and modified in 2014. It was subject to a further review in 2018 and the draft Tenancy Strategy 2019 – 2024 (Appendix A of report SHAP/77) was updated following the 2018 review. It was proposed that it would replace the Council’s existing Tenancy Strategy and would apply to providers and all service users in Crawley. Members were informed that the principle of the Strategy was to identify key areas that registered providers, who have housing stock in Crawley, would be asked to take into account when formulating their tenancy policies and approaches for residents.
Councillor Rana presented the Overview and Scrutiny Commission’s comments on the report to the Cabinet following consideration of the matter at its meeting on 25 November 2019. The Cabinet noted the Commission’s comments.
1) That Full Council be recommended to request Full Council to approve the Tenancy Strategy 2019 – 2024 (Appendix A of report SHAP/77) for adoption and subsequent publication; and to
2) That the Cabinet delegates authority to the Head of Strategic Housing, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Housing, to make minor amendments to the Tenancy Strategy 2019 - 2024 as further changes to legislation and statutory guidance are introduced and following an annual review of the action plan. (Generic Delegation 7 will be used to enact this recommendation). Subject to the adoption by the Full Council.
Reasons for the Recommendations
To fulfil the Council’s legal duty to publish a Tenancy Strategy to set out matters to which registered providers are to have regard to when formulating their Tenancy Policies.
To consider report SHAP/77 of the Head of Strategic Housing.
The Commission considered report SHAP/77 of the Head of Strategic Housing. The report sought approval for the updated Tenancy Strategy 2019 – 2024.
During the introduction with the Cabinet Member for Housing, Housing Needs Manager and the Housing Performance, Policy and Project Officer, it was confirmed that the Tenancy Strategy was issued to other registered providers in the town and set out key areas that they were asked to take into account when formulating their own tenancy policies.
That the Commission agreed to support the recommendations.