The Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Matthew Bennett, introduced the paper and noted:
· The backlog of s202 had fallen by 70% since the 11 April 2016 Cabinet meeting approving contracting out s202 housing reviews to RMG Ltd.
· The report ensured that all decisions were covered by the appropriate authorisation.
Councillor Jackie Meldrum, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, asked how soon procurement for long-term contracts could start given procurement took time; and the Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite, noted that anything that improved efficiency of applications should be welcomed for reducing costs, time and applicants’ stress.
Neil Wightman,Delivery Director for Housing Management, answered that officers wanted to spend the first two quarters reviewing procurement before long-term contracts could start.
1. To approve the previous decisions to contract out the Section 202 Housing Act 1996 reviews to RMG Ltd prior to 11 April 2016.