Agenda and draft minutes

Housing Board - Wednesday, 17th January, 2024 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber

Contact: Linda Coote  Email: linda.coote@gosport.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

96.

APOLOGIES FOR NON ATTENDANCE

Minutes:

Apologies for non attendance were received from Councillor Durrant following the meeting.

97.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

All members are required to disclose at this point in the meeting or as soon as possible thereafter, any disclosable pecuniary interest or personal interest in any item(s) being considered at this meeting.

Minutes:

There were none

98.

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING OF THE HOUSING BOARD HELD on 27 September 2023 pdf icon PDF 93 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 27 September 2023 were signed as a true and correct record.

99.

DEPUTATIONS - STANDING ORDER 3.4

(NOTE: The Board is required to receive a deputation(s) on a matter which is before the meeting of the Board provided that notice of the intended deputation and its object shall have been received by the Borough Solicitor by 12 noon on Monday 15th January 2024. The total time for deputations in favour and against a proposal shall not exceed 10 minutes)

Minutes:

There were none

100.

PUBLIC QUESTIONS

(NOTE: The Board is required to allow a total of 15 minutes for questions from Members of the public on matters within the terms of reference of the Board provided that notice of such Question(s) shall have been submitted to the Borough Solicitor by 12 noon on Monday 15th January 2024)

Minutes:

There were none

101.

Business Plan Financial Model Update and Council Dwelling Rents. pdf icon PDF 217 KB

This report considers the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Business Plan Financial Model including the revised 2023/24 budget and the 2024/25 budget including recommendations on rent levels for next year.

 

It also provides updates for members on the latest information with regard to policy changes that impact directly on local authority housing finance services.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report by the Borough Treasurer and Housing Services manager considering the Housing Revenue Account Business Plan Financial Model and providing updates for members on the latest information with regard to policy changes that impact directly on local authority housing finance services.

 

The Head of Housing Services advised members that although it is in the final checking stages of the process, the contract has not yet been awarded.

 

Members were reassured that Officers hoped this would happen imminently, and were optomistic the project would meet its start deadline of this spring. Members acknowledged that the chosen contractors were perfect for the project and therefore hoped that nothing would prevent them starting on time.

 

Members wished to recognise the amount of work that it has taken to produce the report and the recommendations and to thank Tim Hoskins for his role in providing this data.

 

RESOLVED: That the Housing Board recommends to Full Council that :

i)     That Council Dwelling rents increase by CPI + 1% (7.7%) as set out in the Social Housing rent guidance.

ii)    The revised HRA Business Plan Financial Model extract (Appendix A) and associated 2023/24 revised budget and 2024/25 Budget (Appendix B) is agreed.

iii)   Service charges decrease on average by 2.1%

iv)   The rent for all garages increases in line with inflation as agreed in the garage renewal strategy.

 

102.

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