Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION): 14TH MARCH, 2012
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 15TH FEBRUARY, 2012
"C1620 TENANT PARTICIPATION STRATEGY 2012 - 15 (HCS) (SCRUTINY - HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION) -
The Welsh Government (WG) required each Local Authority to submit its second Tenant Participation Strategy to be assessed by the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS). TPAS had published guidance on the content and structure of Local Authority Tenant Participation and, in order to ensure continuing compliance with the WG, the Tenant Participation Strategy 2012 -15 had been developed. The draft Strategy was appended to the report. The deadline for the submission of the second round had been 31st October, 2011 and TPAS had been appointed to assess the submissions. During a meeting with TPAS in relation to the updated Strategy, the Council was advised to produce a new Strategy in order to ensure a clear plan for the future. As such, the WG approved an extension to the deadline for this Council until 31st December, 2011.
The aim of the Tenant Participation Strategy 2012 -15 was to improve the quality and delivery of the housing service, contribute to wider community development and achieve full Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) by increasing the participation and control tenants had over the housing service and landlord function. Whilst that remained the long term goal of the Strategy, its delivery was translated into a number of more specific objectives as indicated below:
Objective Number 1: To improve the day to day delivery of the housing service and to ensure that the services available were appropriate to the identified needs and circumstances of customers
Objective Number 2: Ensure that the Council listened and learnt from its communities, was honest in its approaches, transparent in its decision making and accountable to tenants through the mainstreaming of tenant participation
Objective Number 3: To enable tenants to have a greater influence over planning and reviewing services, decision making and budget setting by increasing their capacity to participate and removing barriers to involvement
Objective Number 4: Improve the quality of life and the environment in the communities that tenants lived in and create a strong sense of community in which residents felt they were able to make a contribution to the future of the area.
Outcome monitoring would be assessed by TPAS as part of its commitment to the Strategy. Feedback and comments from the members of the Vale Housing Panel had been incorporated into the finished document and the draft Strategy had been submitted to the WG by the set deadline. The Strategy had been submitted with the caveat that the document had yet to be approved by the Cabinet.
This was a matter for Executive decision.
(1) T H A T the Tenant Participation Strategy 2012 - 2015 and Action Plan as attached to the report be accepted.
(2) T H A T the policy implications for the Vale of Glamorgan Council be noted.
(3) T H AT the report be referred to the Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection).
Reasons for decisions
(1) To ensure a continuation of the Council's tenant engagement activities.
(2) To ensure that the Council continues to meet the requirements of the Welsh Government's National Tenant Participation Strategy.
(3) To ensure that the Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection) monitors Public Sector Housing's performance against the Action Plan on a 6 monthly basis."
Attached as Appendix - Report to Cabinet: 15th February, 2012