Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To adopt the Voluntary and Community Sector
(VCS) Asset Strategy, including the Letting Policy, VCS Rent Matrix
model, and Social Value reporting mechanism. And to approve funding
of the shortfall in the rent during the implementation
Due to the number of public speakers registered to speak on this Item, this Item was taken first.
Cabinet was addressed by Jenny Stiles, Vice-Chair of Waterloo Action Centre, Abdu Ibrahim from the Eritrean Saho Culture Association and Tedros Abay on behalf of the Community of Tigrayan in the UK who highlighted:
· Concerns regarding the cease of Lambeth Grants and asked why empty properties had not been challenged
· Appreciation for proposed renovations
· That the proposal demonstrates long-term tenancies and allows for community groups to plan in advance, and with confidence
· Issues regarding the internal mess that had been left following the completion of some repairs. In response to this issue, the Leader stated that they would take this comment away and have conversations with relevant contractors.
In response to some of the comments raised, Councillor Donatas Anyanwu, Cabinet Member for Voluntary Sector and Leisure confirmed that:
· Although the current arrangements for rent are not equitable, the new Strategy would provide a fairer rent level for each property within the Council’s portfolio
· The subsidy would be more fairly split across all groups
· A lot of the empty properties within the borough are in a state of disrepair and require investment and additional resourcing to bring them back in to use – this is being looked at as a key issue in need of addressing.
Following consideration, Cabinet resolved:
Report author: Yvonne Hardy
Publication date: 08/10/2021
Date of decision: 04/10/2021
Decided at meeting: 04/10/2021 - Cabinet
Effective from: 16/10/2021