Communities & Housing Scrutiny Committee
Monday, 21st January, 2019 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 2, Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Damian Eaton  (0161 474 3207)

Webcast: View the webcast

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Councillors who require a substitute to be appointed should inform Democratic Services by 4.00pm on Thursday, 17 January 2018 (Councillors who wish to arrange their own substitute should inform Democratic Services of their substitute prior to the commencement of the meeting).


Minutes pdf icon PDF 58 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 3 December 2018.


Declarations of Interest

Councillors and officers to declare any interests which they have in any of the items on the agenda for the meeting.



To consider call-in items (if any).


Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Budget and Rent Levels for 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 124 KB

To consider a Joint Report of the Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration and the Borough Treasurer.


The purpose of this report is to provide the Scrutiny Committee with the opportunity to comment on an illustrative Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Budget. The Cabinet will be meeting on 5 February to recommend to Council an HRA budget for 2019/20, including the level of rent and service charges.  The illustrative budget is based on a number of key assumptions set out in the report regarding income from rent and service charges; expenditure commitments contained within the HRA 30 year Business Plan and Asset Management Strategy and indicative spending requirements to support inflationary pressures and identified investment priorities.


The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to comment on the report and the illustrative HRA Budget for 2019/20. 


Officer contact: Michael Cullen on 0161 474 4631 or email:


Active Community Strategy Consultation including Walking & Cycling Strategy pdf icon PDF 92 KB

To consider a joint report of the Director of Public Health and Corporate Director for Place Management & Regeneration.


This report paper presents The Active Communities Strategy (ACS) which has recently been developed to promote physical activity in Stockport. There are a number of supporting plans to the ACS. This report also presents the recently revised Walking and Cycling Plan.


The intention is to consult widely on these two specific strategies/ plans before they are finalised and presented to Cabinet for endorsement.


The Scrutiny Committee is asked to consider and comment on the proposed approaches.


Officer contact: Dr Donna Sager on 0161 474 3928 on or Caroline Simpson on 0161 218 1940 or email:

Additional documents:


Portfolio Performance and Resources - Third Update Report 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 88 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director for Place Management & Regeneration.


The Third Update Portfolio Performance and Resource Report for the Communities and Housing Portfolio is presented for consideration by the Committee. This report is shorter, and more data-driven, providing highlights and exceptions reflecting progress in delivering the portfolio priorities and budgets since the Mid-Year Report. It includes forecast performance and financial data for the Portfolio, where new data is available, along with an update on the portfolio savings programme.


With a reduced level of detail being provided within the reports, councillors are asked where possible to direct any questions or requests for further information in advance of the meeting via Democratic Services to enable the timely provision of additional information.


The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to:-


(a)       Consider the Third Update Portfolio Performance and Resource Report;  

(b)       Comment on the new approach and format of the report as outlined above;

(c)       Review the progress against delivering key projects, priority outcomes, targets and budgets for 2018/19;

(d)       Highlight key areas of and responsibility for taking forward corrective action to address any performance or resource issues;

(e)       Highlight any significant issues or changes to be fed back to the Cabinet alongside the Corporate Performance and Resource Report; and

(f)        Identify how areas of strong performance and good practice can be shared in other services.


Officer contact: Alan Lawson on 0161 474 5397 or email:; Kora Yohannan on 0161 474 4032 or email:

Additional documents:


MTFP Cabinet Response: Our Budget Chocies for 2019/20 - Scrutiny Consultation Round 3 (Jan 2019) pdf icon PDF 75 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Communities & Housing


The Cabinet has developed a four year medium term strategy based around five cross-cutting themes. These frame the choices the Council need to make about its budget both next year and in future years, the five themes are:


·          Getting the most out of our spending;

·          Improving Customer Experience;

·          Making sure we have the right property in the right places;

·          Sharing services with other organisations;

·          An organisation fit for the future.


A suite of proposals have been developed by Cabinet which forms the first phase of this programme for 19/20. Scrutiny has since received a series of updates on the development of these proposals. This report forms the latest update and in line with the update provided to committees in November, particular includes consideration of proposals for 2019/20, prior to Cabinet decision-making in February.


NOTE: Proposal 7 relating to Public Realm has been marked ‘to follow’ and will be published on Monday, 14 January 2019.


The Scrutiny Committee is invited to comment upon the proposals appended to this report.


Officer contact: Holly Rae on 0161 474 3014 or


Additional documents:


Agenda Planning pdf icon PDF 58 KB

To consider a report of the Democratic Services Manager.                                                       


The report sets out planned agenda items for the Scrutiny Committee’s next meeting and Forward Plan items that fall within the remit of the Scrutiny Committee.


The Scrutiny Committee is invited to consider the information in the report and put forward any agenda items for future meetings of the Committee.


Officer contact: Damian Eaton on 0161 474 3207 or email: