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Housing Strategy Statement

28/04/2017 - Housing Strategy Statement

The Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Jobs, Councillor Matthew Bennett, introduced the report and noted:

·           It had been subject to much consultation input, including from Tenant’s and Leaseholder’s Councils, Cabinet and OSC.

·           The last housing strategy from 2012 now had a £28m housing budget shortfall due to government cuts, legislative changes, and the Housing and Planning Bill with more changes expected.

·           There had been strong housing performance in Lambeth, vindicating the 2015 decision to reintegrate Lambeth Living. 

·           By 2018, Lambeth would have invested £500m bringing homes up to the Lambeth Housing Standard (LHS), in excess of the original pledge, and the estate regeneration programme was getting to grips with longstanding problems.

·           A further paper to establish Homes for Lambeth (HfL) would be brought to Cabinet in due course.

·           The Akerman Road Passivhaus and new-build Kennington properties were open for viewing.

·           Despite significant rent increases, Lambeth was the best performing London borough in homelessness prevention and was committed to helping support people to stay in the borough.

·           The housing strategy put a priority on delivering more council homes, of better quality, with better services and improved support, especially for vulnerable residents, with greater integration with other council services.

 

Mandy Green, Assistant Director Homes and Communities, and Tom Tyson, Strategy and Policy Manager, noted:

·           This was an ambitious new strategy, with greater opportunities to build, but presented challenges.

 

Cabinet Members raised the following points:

·           A major step forward was the clear integration with health and disabilities as one of the biggest contributions to improving outcomes was the home, enabling joined-up services and for non-Council partners to be able to work with housing colleagues.

·           More detail on the development of an integrated accommodation and support pathway for young people should come to Corporate Parenting Board, and further detail was requested.  Likewise, other opportunities around supporting foster carers in more appropriate accommodation was worth looking into given financial pressures.

·           A refreshed equalities impact assessment would be required.

·           Tackling and mitigating the impacts of overcrowded accommodation for families remained an area of concern.

·           The Council was taking action to protect the rights of social housing whilst increasing supply.

·           Lambeth had secured 5,000 homes or a £3bn housing stock increase in the borough since 2014.  Increasing supply and spending more was the only way that the Council could increase social housing, whilst integration with other services for a one council approach would lead to better services overall.

 

The Leader of the Council noted the positive feedback and the importance of working across the council, and thanked officers for their work.

 

RESOLVED:

1.         To approve the Housing Strategy 2017-2020 (Appendix 1).