Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
CABINET: 15TH JULY, 2013
REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION): 19TH JUNE, 2013
VOIDS MANAGEMENT (DVSH) –
The report as submitted to the Scrutiny Committee had been submitted by the Head of Housing and Building Services in response to previous concerns raised by the Scrutiny Committee earlier in the year.
The report itself set out in detail actions put in place by the Head of Housing and Building Services to reduce the number of and time taken to manage / let empty Council owned homes in the future.
The Head of Housing and Building Services in addressing the report made reference to the Council’s existing procedures and processes which were in place between the two Council divisions who were currently responsible for Council void properties. Having assessed these arrangements she considered that these required refining to ensure that they were appropriate, efficient and fit for purpose in the future. In terms of actions taken to date, she alluded to interventions now put in place to bring about improvements in the time in delivering void turnaround periods. Statistically there was a positive move towards meeting targets but acknowledged that there was room for improvement and saw no reason why in the future a normal letting brought up to WHQS was delivered within 50 working days. However, she reminded the Scrutiny Committee that 'hard to treat' properties were a cause for concern given the nature of the construction of these properties and these were unlikely to be dealt with within the 'normal' WHQS timeframe.
Brief discussion centred on the matter of undertaking work to void properties outside the planned programme and the associated benefits of doing so in addressing the needs of those tenants who wished to be housed in a void property without the benefit of WHQS works being first undertaken to that property. It was noted however that this would be a policy change and would need Cabinet approval.
Having regard to the above and related issues it was
(1) T H A T the Head of Housing and Building Services be thanked for her comprehensive report and that the actions being undertaken to reduce the number of and time taken to manage / let empty Council owned homes in the Vale of Glamorgan be noted.
(2) T H A T the report be referred to Cabinet for information.
Reasons for recommendations
(1) In acknowledgement of action taken to date in regard to the management of void properties.
(2) To inform Cabinet.
Attached as Appendix - Report to Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection): 19th June 2013