Housing Sub Committee Minutes

Date:
Tuesday 17 January 2012
Time:
2.00p.m.
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Ian I Carruthers (Chairman)-Annandale South
Brian B Collins-Castle Douglas and Glenkens
James H Dempster-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Michael M Dickie-Annandale North
Grahame G Forster-Wigtown West
Alistair A Geddes-Mid Galloway
Roger R Grant-Annandale North
Ivor A Hyslop-Lochar
Jeff J Leaver-Lochar
Denis R Male-Annandale East and Eskdale
George N Prentice-Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Officials:
Claire Caution - Performance Improvement Officer
Debbie Burns - CHR Support Officer
Jamie Dent - Development Officer
Joyn Lynch - Head of Strategic Housing, Commissioning and Environmental Standards
Jim O'Neill - Strategy and Development Officer
James Shirazi - Director of Investment and Regeneration
Apologies:
Brian Collins - Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Michael Dickie - Annandale North
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

9 Present, 2 apologies

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

George Prentice declared an interest in Item 7 by virtue that he was a board member of the Small Communities Housing Trust and having taken advice had determined that there was no requirement for him to leave the meeting for consideration of this report.

 

PROCEDURE - Grahame Forster, Alistair Geddes and George Prentice notified the Committee that they were approached by housing providers regarding item 9 but have not formed any opinion either way prior to the meeting.

3 MINUTE OF TUESDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2011

Decision

 

APPROVED

4 PRESENTATION - DGHP: ENERGY EFFICIENCY MEASURE BY JAMES SHIRAZI, DIRECTOR OF INVESTMENT AND REGENERATION

Decision

 

THANKED James Shirazi, Director of Investment and Regeneration for his presentation and agreed a visit by the sub committee to DGHP's award winning project at Municipal Terrace, Dumfries to see the range of energy efficiency measures that can be achieved in a retro-fit.

 

PROCEDURE - the Chairman intimated that with agreement of Members, he intended to deal with next the report on the Housing Support Strategic Commission.

5 HOUSING SUPPORT STRATEGIC COMMISSION - BY THE DIRECTOR PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT SERVICES

VOTE

 

9.1   MOTION by GRAHAME FORSTER seconded by ALISTAIR GEDDES that no decision be taken today and for a future report to be brought back to an appropriate Committee of the Council, looking at homelessness support across the Council in totality.

 

9.2  AMENDMENT by IVOR HYSLOP seconded by IAN CARRUTHERS to note the outcomes of the strategic review of housing support services set out at section 3.3.3 of this report which highlights the gaps and variances in cost of service provision across Dumfries and Galloway. Agree having received assurances with regards to the procurement process, the de commissioning of the housing support contracts set out in Table 1; and the Strategic Commission set out in Appendix 1 of this report.

 

9.3 On a vote being taken by roll call, Members voted as follows:

 

Motion - 4 votes being:

 

James H Dempster, Grahame Forster, Alistair Geddes and Jeff Leaver.

 

Amendment - 5 votes being:

 

Ian B Carruthers, Roger B Grant, Ivor A Hyslop, Denis Male and George N Prentice.

 

Decision

 

9.4 NOTED the outcomes of the strategic review of housing support services set out at section 3.3.3 of this report which highlighted the gaps and variances in cost of service provision across Dumfries and Galloway.

 

AGREED

 

9.5 having received assurances with regards to the procurement process, the de commissioning of the housing support contracts set out in Table 1; and

9.6 the Strategic Commission set out in Appendix 1 of this report.

 

MEMBER - George Prentice left the meeting - 8 Members present

6 PRESENTATION - COMMON HOUSING REGISTERS: A NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE BY DEBBIE BURNS, SCOTTISH HOUSING BEST VALUE NETWORK

Decision

 

THANKED Debbie Burns for her presentation

7 COMMON HOUSING REGISTER - PROGRESS REPORT - BY THE DIRECTOR PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT SERVICES

Decision

 

AGREED

 

6.1 that the Council provides strategic leadership for the development of a common allocations policy and shared medical assessment process delivered through a Common Housing Register with the four main partner RSLs;

6.2 that the Council will contribute toward the development maintenance costs on the basis of the apportionment summarised at 3.5 of the report which will mean the relative contributions will be:

Council - 40%

DGHP - 46%

Loreburn - 9%

Home Scotland - 3%

Irvine - 2%

 

6.3  NOTED that the remit of the Homeless Strategy Officer will be amended to include strategic responsibility for the development Common Housing Register and Housing Options model; and

 

6.4  AGREED to ring fence a budget of £80,000 to support the implementation of a Common Housing Register from the housing support budget, noting the exact costs of the implementation have not yet been established and will be subject to future reports to the Housing Sub Committee.

8 DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY SMALL COMMUNITIES HOUSING TRUST - FUNDING REQUEST - BY THE DIRECTOR PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT SERVICES

Decision

 

AGREED to provide match funding to Dumfries and Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust of £28,000 over 2 years to develop, build and manage affordable housing for rent on condition the balance of funding is secured from other sources.

9 EMPTY HOMES PILOT PROJECT - BY THE DIRECTOR PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT SERVICES

Decision

 

AGREED

 

8.1 to allocate up to £15,716 from the 2012/13 Scheme of Assistance budget to enable our Council's participation in the pilot empty homes project; and

8.2 that Empty Homes Officer times allocated to Dumfries and Galloway is targeted at residential properties in the pilot Dumfries Housing Renewal Area.

10 LOOKED AFTER YOUNG PERSONS SUPPORTED ACCOMMODATION - BY THE DIRECTOR PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT SERVICES

Decision

 

AGREED to allocate £20,000 from the 2011-12 Housing Support Budget to fund the provision of white goods and furniture for the Looked After Young Persons Supported Accommodation Project in Troqueer which is due for completion in January 2012.

 

PROCEDURE - Alistair Geddes requested that his dissent be recorded in respect of the above decision.

11 ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT BY THE CHAIRMAN DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION

Decision

 

NOTED that there was no business deemed urgent by the Chairman due to the need for a decision at this meeting.