Council housing to come back under Bassetlaw District Council control

From 1st October 2018 the council housing management services, previously provided by A1 Housing, is now being directly delivered by Bassetlaw District Council. As tenancies are already held by the council, residents will not need to do anything differently and will still receive all the services they currently have access to.

Councillors at Bassetlaw District Council took the decision at an extra-ordinary meeting of Council on 2nd August 2018 following a consultation with tenants and leaseholders in which 60% of respondents supported the proposal to take A1 Housing back in house.

The move, is expected to generate savings of £335,000 a year, enabling more money to be invested in the services that matter to tenants like­­ repairs and estate improvements. A1 Housing staff and services, such as repairs, rent collection and estate maintenance, will be taken back in-house by Bassetlaw District Council

Tenancies are already held by the council so residents will not need to do anything differently and will still receive all the services they currently have access to. These changes will not affect Tenancy Agreements or tenants' and leaseholders' rights and responsibilities. In addition, Council rents will continue to be set in accordance with Council Policy and National Legislation.

Cllr Steve Scotthorne, Cabinet Member for Housing at Bassetlaw District Council, said:

“I am grateful to all the tenants and leaseholders who took time to participate in the consultation. It’s clear from the results that there is overwhelming support for housing to come back under Council control. We can now focus on ensuring that there is a smooth transfer back in house and that tenants see real benefits with investment into repairs, estate improvements and housing support.

“A1 Housing has done a great job over the last 14 years, in addition to improving tenants' homes through the Government’s Decent Homes programme. However, since 2012, nearly half of all Council owned housing companies, such as ALMOs, have returned to Council control and the situation in Bassetlaw is a reflection of what is happening across the Country.”

 

  • The full consultation report can be downloaded via the link below:
    Tenant Consultation Report

  • Consultation with tenants and leaseholders was conducted by Ipsos MORI and took place between 1st March 2018 – 25th July 2018.

  • Question One asked: “Bassetlaw District Council is proposing to change the way its housing management services are delivered. This would mean that A1 Housing Bassetlaw Limited would be taken back in house and that your housing services would be provided directly by Bassetlaw District Council from 1 October 2018.Do you support or oppose this proposed change to the way that your housing management services are provided?”

The results are set out below:

 

Number

Support

1486

Neither support or oppose 491

Oppose

130

Don't know

292

Not stated

59

Total

2458

 

TECHNICAL NOTE

The survey was a postal survey of all A1 Housing tenants and leaseholders, and where there were joint tenants, an additional questionnaire was sent to the household. The consultation period ran from 1st March 2018 – 25th July 2018. There were 2,458 responses.

 


Last Updated on Tuesday, April 30, 2019