A Report from the Cabinet Member Finance and Housing is attached.
The Cabinet Member for Finance and Housingsubmitted a report detailing the proposed Housing Revenue Account (HRA) for 2019/20. The report is prepared on the basis of the Government’s requirement for a decrease in dwelling rents of 1% for 2019/20 for General Needs and Sheltered/Extra Care properties. Members are reminded that any decrease more than this level would result in a reduction in rental income which will impact on future years and could jeopardise the financial viability of the HRA and the sustainability of the business plan.
1. That the report be noted.
2. That Council be requested to consider all matters relating to the Housing Revenue Account 2019/2020, the increase in Council House and garage rents and changes to other charges.
Recommendations to Council:
(a) Approve the Housing Revenue Account estimates set out in Appendix 1.
(b) Decrease the Rents for all HRA dwellings by 1% from the first rent week in April.
(c) Approve that the first week of 2019/20 be an additional non-collection week as 2019/20 is a 53 week year.
(d) Increase Garage rents by 3.4% from the first rent week in April.
(e) Increase Sheltered Management and Amenity Charges by 3.4% from the first rent week in April.
(f) Approve that sheltered support charges remain unchanged from the first rent week in April.
(g) Reduce sheltered heating charges by between 5% to 15% on an individual scheme basis as set out in section 3.4; reduced charges to apply from the first rent week in April.
(h) Reduce Furnished Tenancy charges by 10% from the first rent week in April.
(i) Increase pitch fees at the Fernhill Caravan Site by 3.4% from the first rent week in April.
A Report from the Interim Executive Director of Resources and Regulation is attached.
Councillor O’Brien, Cabinet Member for Finance and Housing presented a report providing Members with details of the proposed Housing Revenue Account for 2019/2020 and proposals for Dwelling and Garage rents, Sheltered Support, Management, Amenities and Heating charges, Furnished Tenancy Charges and Fernhill Caravan Site tenancy charges.
It was agreed:
That the contents of the report be noted