23 September 2019
In April Newark and Sherwood District Council agreed 'in-principle' to bring the housing service back under the council’s management.
The council estimates that savings of up to £1m a year could be achieved which would be spent on tenants’ services and new homes.
The council commissioned Open Communities to conduct an eight-week consultation inviting tenants’ and leaseholders’ views on the proposal to bring the service back in-house.
The consultation period has closed and a final decision will be made on Thursday, September 26 at the council’s policy and finance committee. You can access a copy of the committee agenda and report here.
Tenants will be informed of the outcome by letter.
Review of Housing Management Services
The council has carried out a review and consultation on bringing the housing service back under the council’s management. Full details of the survey results are available in the report and will be considered by the council’s Policy and Finance Committee on Thursday, September 26, 2019 after which tenants and staff will be informed of the outcome.
Newark and Sherwood Homes (NSH) was set up by the council 15 years ago in order to secure national decent homes funding to improve council homes across the district.
NSH is a high performing housing company that has led an impressive programme of improvements to council houses. However, the original rationale for having a separate housing company no longer applies and therefore the Policy and Finance Committee will decide on Thursday, September 26 on whether to wind up the company and bring the management of council housing back into the council.