Future management of council housing in Newark and Sherwood

4 April 2019

Newark and Sherwood District Council is set to bring management of council houses back into the council’s control.

Newark and Sherwood Homes was set up by the council 15 years ago in order to secure  national funding to improve council houses. Up and down the country, local authorities have been closing their arms-length housing companies for a number of reasons including to make savings to reinvest in tenants’ services.

Council Chief Executive John Robinson said: “Newark and Sherwood Homes is a high performing housing management company that has led an impressive programme of improvements to council houses. However, the original rationale for having a separate housing management company no longer applies and therefore the policy and finance committee is being asked to support a proposal to consult with tenants on ending the company and bringing the management of council housing back into the council. Following a review undertaken by an independent adviser, it is expected that this change will save at least £1million per year; after allowing for inflation this means additional available resources, estimated at £40m over the next 30 years,  which will be re-invested in new council homes and frontline services, to improve the lives and homes of tenants. It is of paramount importance to emphasise  that the council and company will continue to work together in the best interests of tenants.”

Newark and Sherwood Homes Chief Executive Rebecca Rance said:  "Our staff remain dedicated to delivering the best possible services to tenants and customers and are available to respond to any questions or concerns tenants, customers or their family or representatives may have."

Subject to the approval of the Policy and Finance Committee on  April 4, an eight-week period of consultation will take place with tenants and leaseholders.

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