Agenda and minutes

Member Committee
Monday, 11th October, 2021 2.00 pm

Venue: Conference Room 1 - Fred Perry House. View directions

Contact: Carol Hargreaves  (0161 474 3203)

Media

Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 222 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the Minutes of the meeting on 5 July 2021.

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Minutes:

The Minutes (copies of which were circulated) of the meeting held on 5 July 2021 were approved as a correct record.

2.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors and Officers to declare any interests which they may have in any of the itms on the agenda for the meeting.

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Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made.

3.

Urgent Decisions

To report any urgent action taken under the Constitution since the last meeting of the Committee.

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Minutes:

No urgent decisions were reported.

4.

Public Question Time

Members of the public are invited to put questions to the Chair on any matters within the powers and duties of the Committee, subject to the exclusions set out in the Code of Practice.  (Questions must be submitted prior to the commencement of the meeting.  You can submit questions via the Council’s website at www.stockport.gov.uk/publicquestions).

 

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Minutes:

No public questions were submitted.

5.

Customer Voice and Influence Strategy - Annual Report pdf icon PDF 325 KB

To consider a report of Director of Foundations and Customer Services, Stockport Homes.

 

The report provides an update on the progress of the Customer Voice and influence (CV&I) Strategy at the end of year one of delivery 2020-21.

 

The Committee is requested to note and comment on the report.

 

Officer contact: Rebecca Sweeton on 0161 218 1091 Email: Rebecca.sweeton@stockporthomes.org

 

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Minutes:

The Director of Foundations and Customer Services, Stockport Homes submitted a report which updated Members on the progress of the Customer Voice and influence (CV&I) Strategy at the end of year one of delivery 2020-21.

 

The following comments were made/issues raised:

 

·         Members raised the issue of tenant inspectors and how they were selected.

·         Members were pleased to note the inclusive nature of the report and strategy.

·         In response to a Member question about how the customer voice was feedback to them, Members were advised that there was a great deal of information available on Stockport Homes’ website.  In particular, the ‘you said, we did’ section was extremely informative.

·         Members asked whether there was anything that the Local Authority could do to reduce the stigmatisation that sometimes existed around social housing tenants?

·         Chatbox also looked to be a very important tool for tenants, and Members considered it very important that tenants could speak to a human being if they had a query and this should always be an option for them.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

6.

Annual Report to Customers pdf icon PDF 132 KB

To consider a report of the Executive Director of Resources, Stockport Homes.

 

The report provides Member Committee with the Annual Report to customers for noting.

 

The Committee is requested to note and comment on the report.

 

Officer Contact: Lucy Darbyshire 07970339788 Email: lucy.darbyshire@stockporthomes.org

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Executive Director of Resources, Stockport Homes submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) which provided Member Committee with the Annual Report to customers for noting.

 

The following comments were made/issues raised:

 

·         Members asked whether paper copies of the report could be made available to Members?  Members were advised that this was the case.

·         A short discussion took place relating to the apprentice scheme and how this worked.

·         Members considered that the Furniture Donation Scheme was a fantastic initiative.

·         In response to a question raised, Members were advised that there was currently 5 homeless people known to Stockport Homes but this fluctuated week to week.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

 

 

7.

Safeguarding Report pdf icon PDF 185 KB

To consider a report of the Director for Foundations & Assistant Chief Executive, Stockport Homes

 

The report advises Member Committee of the Safeguarding arrangements at Stockport Homes Group.

 

The Committee is requested to note and comment on the report.

 

Officer Contact:  Anne-Marie Heil Telephone: 0161 474 3720 Email: ann-marie.heil@stockporthomes.org

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director for Foundations & Assistant Chief Executive, Stockport Homes submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) which advised Member Committee of the Safeguarding arrangements at Stockport Homes Group.

 

The following comments were made/issues raised:

 

·         In response to a Member question, Members were advised that further training was going to be provided in the near future in relation to Female Genital Mutilation.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

 

8.

Strategic Analysis of Rent Arrears 2021 pdf icon PDF 222 KB

To consider a report of the Director of Resources, Stockport Homes

 

The report presents a strategic review of arrears and shows how the associated trend analysis is informing targeted actions to continually improve rent arrears management.

 

The Committee is requested to note and comment on the report.

 

Officer contact; Christian Hartley, Head of Customer Finance Telephone: 07892 949240 Email: christian.hartley@stockporthomes.org

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director of Resources, Stockport Homes submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) which presented a strategic review of arrears and which showed how the associated trend analysis is informing targeted actions to continually improve rent arrears management.

 

The following comments were made/issues raised:

 

·         In response to a Member question, Members were advised that Stockport Homes did a great deal of work with young people pre-tenancy in respect of managing income.

·         Members raised the issue of whether it was the same tenants who tended to build up arrears?  In response, Members were advised that this was largely the case, but that eviction levels remained low.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

9.

Financial Monitoring Update pdf icon PDF 275 KB

To consider a report of the Executive Director of Resources, Stockport Homes.

 

The report provides Member Committee with an update of Stockport Homes’ financial performance to July 2021.

 

The Committee is requested to note and comment on the report.

 

Officer contact: John Kennedy  Telephone: 0161 474 3868 Email: john.kennedy@stockporthomes.org

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Minutes:

The Executive Director of Resources, Stockport Homes submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) which provided Member Committee with an update of Stockport Homes’ financial performance to July 2021.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

 

10.

Corporate Performance Report pdf icon PDF 167 KB

To consider a report of the Assistant Chief Executive, Stockport Homes.

 

The report provides an update on performance against indicators and on progress in implementing the Service Improvement Plan (SIP) for 2021/22.

 

The Committee is requested to:

 

(i)           Note the report

(ii)          Raise any issues of concern about the explanations presented where targets or objectives have not been met.

 

Officer contact:  Rob Lloyd Telephone: 0161 474 3279 Email: rob.lloyd@stockporthomes.org

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Assistant Chief Executive, Stockport Homes submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) which provided an update on performance against indicators and on progress in implementing the Service Improvement Plan (SIP) for 2021/22.

 

The following comments were made/issues raised:

 

·         A short discussion took place relating to fire safety issues and how these were handled.

·         Members commented on the concise and clear nature of the report.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

 

11.

Member Committee Update Report pdf icon PDF 309 KB

To consider a report of the Assistant Chief Executive, Stockport Homes

 

The report updates Members on issues not included in other reports but which are likely to be of interest.

 

The Committee is invited to consider and comment on the report.

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Assistant Chief Executive, Stockport Homes submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) which updated Members on issues not included in other reports but which were likely to be of interest.

 

The following comments were made/issues raised:

 

·         Members were advised that the following areas were being worked on and developed by Stockport Homes, matters relating to universal credit, employment skills, mental health and resilience.

·         Stockport Homes have not housed any Afghan refugees permanently in Stockport.

·         The Hexham Close development had been officially opened and demand was now 10 times greater than availability.

·         The Local Pantry Scheme had won an award for Team of the Year which Members were very pleased to hear.

·         A short discussion took place relating to delays in electricity supply and the reasons for this.

·         Members expressed that they would be interested to hear more information relating to the home working pilot scheme.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.