Decision Maker: Director of Resources and Housing
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To seek Director approval for the proposed funding, purchase of 20x1 bedroom properties and support to enable the Council to provide accommodation under the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) Next Steps Accommodation Programme (NSAP) as described in this report.
The Director of Resources and Housing:
a) Approved the acceptance of the MHCLG grant of £1,000,000 capital and £314,684 revenue funding as a result of the Council’s bid to the Next Steps Accommodation programme.
b) Approved the necessary injection of the £2,606,000 scheme into HRA Council Housing Growth capital programme (as part of the Right of First Refusals programme) to enable the scheme to be delivered noting the requirement of £1,606,000 capital funding; and
c) Noted that a further report will follow to request approval as a subsequent significant operational decision to establish the arrangements with a third party to provide the support for people in the properties via a dedicated Housing Navigator Support team (3 x FTE) from 1st April 2021.
The Director of City Development:
a) Supported in principle the approval for the purchase of 20 x 1 bedroom properties which shall provide self-contained additional accommodation. This is a fully funded scheme.
b) Noted that property addresses cannot be provided at time of drafting the report and approved each individual property purchase shall be processed as a significant operational decision (using the same process as agreed on the ROFR purchases).
c) Noted that some valuation and conveyancing services shall be secured using agreed framework arrangements primarily due to other council priority workloads currently being experienced.
Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;
Wards Affected: Various;
Contact: Ian Frobisher, Senior Technical Manager 07891 276531 Email: Ian.Frobisher@leeds.gov.uk.
Publication date: 18/12/2020
Date of decision: 05/01/2021
Effective from: 13/01/2021