Agenda and draft minutes

Homelessness Project Advisory Group
Wednesday, 6th November, 2019 5.00 pm

Venue: HMS Brave Room. View directions

Contact: Kate Batty-Smith  Democratic Services Officer

Items
No. Item

57.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

It was noted that there were no apologies for absence.

58.

Appointment of Substitute Members

To note appointments of Substitute Members.

Minutes:

It was noted that there were no substitute members appointed.

59.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest from Members in respect of business to be transacted on the agenda.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

60.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 56 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting of the Group held on 17 July 2019 (to follow).

Minutes:

The notes of the meeting held on 17 July 2019 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman. 

61.

Homelessness Performance Report pdf icon PDF 49 KB

To consider the attached report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Senior Housing Options Officer (SHOO) presented the report, explaining that  there had been 137 people in all types of temporary accommodation as at September 2019, with an average stay of 130 days.  Referring to the charts, Members were asked to note that the majority of families were housed in self-contained accommodation.  Rent arrears was an issue because of problems with Universal Credit and housing benefit.  However, Officers were working closely with East Kent Housing on recovering these debts.  In response to Councillor H M Williams, it was reported that the arrears on income due on the Council’s properties had reduced to 2.38% in September.     

 

It was agreed that the report be noted.

62.

Rough Sleeping and Funding Bids Update pdf icon PDF 50 KB

To consider the attached report.

Minutes:

The Housing Options Manager (HOM) presented the report which provided details of rough sleeping counts and an update on bids made for funding from central Government.   Officers were due to meet the adviser from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government the following week, and would take on board any suggestions made for further funding opportunities.  It was clarified that temperatures did not have to fall below the threshold for three consecutive nights to trigger the Severe Emergency Weather Provision (SWEP).  The HOM advised that the night shelter was good value for money and provided a valuable alternative to buying B&B or temporary accommodation.

 

It was agreed to note the report.

63.

Exclusion of the Press and Public pdf icon PDF 41 KB

The recommendation is attached.

 

MATTERS WHICH THE MANAGEMENT TEAM SUGGESTS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED IN PRIVATE AS THE REPORT CONTAINS EXEMPT INFORMATION AS DEFINED WITHIN PART 1 OF SCHEDULE 12A OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972 AS INDICATED AND IN RESPECT OF WHICH THE PROPER OFFICER CONSIDERS THAT THE PUBLIC INTEREST IN MAINTAINING THE EXEMPTION OUTWEIGHS THE PUBLIC INTEREST IN DISCLOSING THE INFORMATION

Minutes:

That, under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the remainder of the business on the grounds that the items to be considered involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part I of Schedule 12A of the Act.

64.

Affordable Housing Delivery Plan

To consider the attached report.

Minutes:

The Head of Finance and Housing introduced the report which updated Members on the Council’s delivery of affordable housing.  It was reported that the Whitfield Phase 1A project was dependent on Southern Water delivering a drainage solution before the road could be constructed.  The interim housing unit projects were now being progressed as separate cases. 

 

It was agreed that the report be noted.

65.

Projects Update

To consider the attached report.

Minutes:

The Head of Finance and Housing advised Members that it had not proved viable to progress a social lettings agency.   Approximately ten projects were being progressed, with offers accepted and purchases being completed. Councillor S S Chandler commended the Council’s purchase process which was robust.

 

It was agreed that the report be noted.

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