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Decisions recommendations approved (subject to call-in)

14/02/2019 - Mental Health Supported Housing Procurement ref: 999    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Cabinet Member approval sought.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Housing Services

Decision published: 14/02/2019

Effective from: 22/02/2019

Decision:

1.         That this report be exempt from disclosure by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972 Schedule 12A, Part 1, paragraph 3 (as amended), in that it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 

2.         That the Cabinet Member for Housing Services approved the decision to award the contracts to the organisations with associated costs to Lots 1, 2, 3 and 4 respectively as set out in the report as part of a competitive tender process for the period from May 1st 2019 to April 30th 2023 for a total amount specified in the report.

 

 

3.         That the Cabinet Member for Housing Services delegated authority to the Director of Housing to consider/approve taking up the options to extend of 1 year plus 1 year plus 1 year, as allowed for within the contract conditions.

 

Reasons for Decision 

1.            Regulation 72 (1) of the Public Contract Regulations 2015 require that for any variation clauses to be lawful they must be couched in ‘clear, precise and unequivocal’ terms, that state the scope and nature of possible modifications. This contract must be put onto a compliant contractual footing with clear start/expiry dates and provisions to extend that do not continue indefinitely

2.            The evaluation panel met with all bidders from the 19th- 20th December 2018 to clarify areas of their tender submissions of their technical responses before selecting the preferred bidders according to the evaluation criteria.


13/02/2019 - Proposals for improved cross London procurement of Temporary Accommodation ref: 998    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Proposals to improve pan London procurement of Temporary Accommodation through London Councils' Capital Letters project

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Housing Services

Decision published: 13/02/2019

Effective from: 21/02/2019

Decision:

1.            That the Cabinet Member for Housing Services noted the £38 million over four years being made available by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government specifically for pan-London collaboration on the procurement of accommodation for homeless households.

 

2.            That the Cabinet Member for Housing Services approved in principle for the Council to join a letting company to be named Capital Letters London Ltd, a Company Limited by Guarantee that will be established by the London boroughs, as an ‘A’ member

 

3.            That the Cabinet Member for Housing Services delegated authority to the Director of Housing and Regeneration, after consultation with the Cabinet Member for Housing, the following:

 

a) Finalising and agreement of the Articles of Association, authorising the agreeing and entering into the council’s membership of Capital Letters Limited

 

b) Payment of up to £90K from Flexible Homelessness Support Grant to fund 2 officers within Capital Letters

 

c) the nomination of an Officer to be appointed as the council’s representative on the Capital Letter board.

 

4.            That the Cabinet Member for Housing Services noted the draft Articles of Association at Appendix A of the report.

 

5.            That the Cabinet Member for Housing Services noted the draft Members Agreement at Appendix B of the report.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

1.            This initiative is required to deliver additional affordable, suitable private sector accommodation to allow the Council to meet its homelessness duties at a cost it can sustain against the background of:

 

·         A challenging market with limited availability of accommodation for households on low incomes

·         The likelihood of increased numbers of households accepted as being homeless

·         A shift in emphasis in homelessness policy towards use of resources to prevention.

·         The importance of working closely with other London boroughs to collaborate to secure accommodation

 

2.         This decision is necessary in order to fulfil the Council’s statutory duties to house persons who are defined as homeless under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 and reduce the costs of fulfilling that duty.

 

3.         Capital Letters (with MHCLG funding) is designed to provide a cost effective source of sustainable Temporary Accommodation and an additional source of good quality private sector accommodation within London for households in housing need. Currently boroughs are, in many cases, competing against each other for properties.  Being jointly owned by London boroughs is designed to improve collaboration and provide more sustainable accommodation.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Greg Roberts


08/02/2019 - Annual Review of Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Rent and associated HRA charges 2019-20 ref: 995    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

To set the HRA tenant rents and other charges for the financial year 2019-20. The City Council is required by law to give tenants at least 28 days’ notice of any variation to the rent charged.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Housing Services

Decision published: 13/02/2019

Effective from: 19/02/2019

Decision:

1.         That in order to comply with the provisions of the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016, the Cabinet Member for Housing Services approved the reduction of Housing Revenue Account rents by 1% from 1st April 2019.

2.         That the Cabinet Member for Housing Services noted that the Council continues to exercise its discretion under the rent restructuring policy to set rents for new tenants and transfers on all re-lets at formula target rent from Monday, 1st April 2019.

3.         That the Cabinet Member for Housing Services approved the variation of tenant service charges to be in line with estimated actual costs for 2019/20 from Monday, 1st April 2019. 

4.         That the Cabinet Member for Housing Services approved a 3.3% increase (RPI as at September 2019) for charges for car parking, parking spaces, sheds and garages from Monday, 1st April 2019.

Reasons for Decision

To set the Housing Revenue Account tenant rents and other charges for the financial year 2019/20. The City Council is required by law to give tenants at least 28 days’ notice of any variation to the rent charged.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Daniel Peattie