Housing Sub Committee Minutes

Date:
Tuesday 11 October 2016
Time:
2:00pm
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Craig Peacock (Chairman)-Annandale East and Eskdale
Ian Carruthers-Annandale South
Jim H Dempster-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Alistair Geddes-Mid Galloway
Denis R Male-Annandale East and Eskdale
Jim McClung-Wigtown West
Graham Nicol-Mid Galloway
Ronnie E Ogilvie-Annandale South
George N Prentice-Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Officials:
Lorna Campbell - Financial Wellbeing and Revenues Manager
Harry Hay - Head of Customer Services
Jim O'Neill - Housing Manager
Claire Rogerson - Governance Officer
In attendance:
Graham Harper - Interim Development and Care and Repair Manager, Loreburn Housing Association
James Shirazi - Diretor of Investment and Regeneration, Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership (DGHP)
Fiona Wright - Service Manager Occupational Therapy and Blue Badge Scheme
Apologies:
Grahame Forster - Wigtown West
Jeff Leaver - Lochar
Colin Smyth - Nith
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

9 Members present, 3 apologies and 1 substitute

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

2.1   Ian B Carruthers, Jim H Dempster and Denis R Male declared an interest in item 4 by virtue of the fact that they were Members of the Integrated Joint Board and having taken advice determined that their interest was such that there was no requirement to leave the meeting during consideration of this item.

 

2.2   Jim McClung and Craig Peacock declared an interest in item 7 by virtue of the fact that they were Board Members of the Dumfries and Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust and determined that there interest was such that there was no requirement for them to leave the meeting during consideration of this item.

 

PROCEDURE - the Chairman intimated, with the agreement of Members, that he intended to take an additional item of business which would be taken at agenda Item 10 - Scottish Government Capital Stimulus Programme - EESSH Funding. With the consent of Members this item would be taken after item 9.

3 MINUTE OF MEETING OF 12 JULY 2016

Decision

 

APPROVED.

4 HOUSING (SCOTLAND) ACT 2006 - SCHEME OF ASSISTANCE - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

VOTE

 

4.1   MOTION by JIM MCCLUNG seconded by ALISTAIR GEDDES to amend recommendation 2.2 to read "AGREED to request an annual report from the Integrated Joint Board on the use of previous years funding and AGREED to receive an annual report that seeks Members agreement on the level of funds to be transferred from the Council to the Integrated Joint Board to support the delivery of these services".

 

4.2   AMENDMENT by JIM H DEMPSTER seconded by DENIS R MALE to agree recommendation 2.2 as per the report "to receive an annual report that seeks Members agreement on the level of funds to be transferred from the Council to the Integrated Joint Board to support the delivery of these services".

 

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

 

Motion - 4 votes being:

 

Ian B Carruthers, Alistair Geddes, Jim McClung and Graham Nicol.

 

Amendment - 5 votes being:

 

Craig Peacock, Jim H Dempster, Denis R Male, Ronnie E Ogilvie and George N Prentice.

 

Decision

 

4.1   NOTED there is continuing uncertainty regarding the Council’s annual financial settlement with the Scottish Government and this inhibits the Council’s ability to make future financial commitments about the level of funding available to transfer to the Integrated Joint Board to support the delivery of the Care and Repair, Food Train Extra and Small Repairs and Home Support Services;

 

AGREED

 

4.2   to receive an annual report that seeks Members agreement on the level of funds to be transferred from the Council to the Integrated Joint Board to support the delivery of these services;

 

4.3   to allocate £287,400 from the Council Tax on second homes budget to support the delivery of the Care and Repair, Food Train Extra and Small Repairs and Home Support services at their current levels for 2016/17; and

 

4.4   to allocate £100,000 from the Council Tax on second homes budget to support the continued delivery of the Below Tolerable Standard grants scheme for the remainder of 2016/17.

5 HOUSING NEED AND DEMAND ASSESSMENT - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

5.1   NOTED and APPROVED the Council’s Housing Need and Demand Assessment (Appendix 1 to the report) has achieved Robust and Credible Status following assessment by the Scottish Government’s Centre for Housing Market Analysis (Appendix 2 to the report); and

 

5.2   NOTED where the Scottish Government is satisfied that that the Housing Need and Demand Assessment is Robust and Credible, it will not normally be considered further at a Development Plan examination.

 

MEMBER - Denis R Male left the meeting - 8 Members present

6 STRATEGIC HOUSING FORUM AND DEVELOPMENT FORUM - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

AGREED

6.1   to refresh the Strategic Housing Forum as described at sections 3.2 to 3.2.7 of the report;

 

6.2   to nominate the Chairman of this Sub Committee to be Chairperson of the Strategic Housing Forum and all Members of this Committee to be Members of the Strategic Housing Forum;

 

6.3   to put in place the Homelessness Strategy Steering Group as described at section 3.3 to 3.3.2 of the report and FURTHER AGREED to nominate the Chairman of this Sub Committee to represent this Committee on the Group;

 

6.4   the Homelessness Strategy Steering Group Chairperson is the Head of Customer Services and FURTHER AGREED to nominate the Chairman of this Sub Committee to represent this Committee on the Group; and

 

6.5   NOTED a Development Forum will be put in place as set out at sections 3.4 to 3.4.3 of the report.

7 STRATEGIC HOUSING AND INVESTMENT PLAN 2016/17 - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

AGREED

7.1   the former Gates site, Dumfries is removed from the 2016/17 Strategic Housing Investment Plan;

 

7.2   to include the new sites described at section 3.3.2 of this report in the Strategic Housing Investment Plan;

 

7.3   NOTED the progress made towards the delivery of the new affordable housing developments described in Appendix of this report;

 

7.4   AGREED the revised Strategic Housing Investment Plan set out at Appendix to this report; and

 

7.5   NOTED the total cost of the Friars Vennel project, Dumfries is £2,177,755.

8 HOMELESS SERVICE - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

CONSIDERED and NOTED the Homeless Service improvement activities undertaken to address the issues highlighted in the North Star executive summary as detailed in Appendix 3 to the report.

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

Decision

 

AGREED to receive the urgent item of business at Item 10 due to the fact that the bid for funding to this programme was required to be submitted by 7 October 2016.

 

ADJOURNMENT - The meeting was adjourned at 3.25pm to allow Members to read the circulated report and reconvened at 3.35pm with 8 Members present being:

 

Craig Peacock, Ian B Carruthers, Jim H Dempster, Alistair Geddes, Jim McClung, Graham Nicol, Ronnie E Ogilvie and George N Prentice.

10 SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT CAPITAL STIMULUS PROGRAMME - EESSH FUNDING REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

10.1   AGREED the funding application for £500k from Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership (DGHP) is submitted to the Scottish Government as the Council’s bid to deliver a total of 110 measures in properties currently failing to meet the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing as detailed at 3.4 of the report; and

 

10.2   NOTED the criteria for funding applications set out by the Scottish Government as detailed at Appendix 1 to the report.