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Agenda item

Update and Review of the Housing for Varying Needs Review - CHI/15/096

Minutes:

The Committee had before it a report by the Director of Communities, Housing and Infrastructure which provided an update on the progress of the Review of Housing for Varying Needs and the associated work streams.  The report included detail in relation to the progress of changes which had been introduced in the first operational phase of the review and requested approval for further proposals as part of the wider review.

 

The report recommended:-

that Committee –

(i)        note the progress of

(a)    the implementation of amenity housing at former sheltered housing developments;

(b)    the telecare upgrade programme at amenity (transitional developments), sheltered, very sheltered and extra care housing developments;

(c)    the decommissioning of Smithfield Court as sheltered housing, associated costs, the refurbishment of the building and proposals for relet initiatives;

(d)    the work to convert Provost Hogg Court from sheltered housing to very sheltered housing;  and

(e)    the work to combine the service at Berrymoss Court and Parkhill Court to operate as sheltered housing as per the recommendation of the Housing and Environment Committee of August 2014;

(ii)       approve the recommendations contained in Appendix 1 of the report (as set out in the table below) which detailed a review of previous decisions in relation to the developments in transition from sheltered housing to amenity housing and further proposals to assist in this transition;

 

Property

Recommendation

Balmoral Court

Progress with the decision of 2013 to change the development to amenity housing

Bede House Court

Consult with existing sheltered housing tenants and thereafter make changes to the way the housing support service is delivered at this development and that either a remote or part time housing support service delivery should be introduced

South Constitution Street

Progress with the decision of 2013 to change the development to amenity housing.  Officers should also consider some of the long term void flats for allocation under the sensitive letting policy

Craigton Park

Consult with existing sheltered housing tenants and thereafter make changes to the way the housing support service is delivered at this development and that either a remote or part time housing support service delivery should be introduced

Meadow Court

Progress with the decision of 2013 to change the development to amenity housing.  Officers should also consider some of the long term void flats for allocation under the sensitive letting policy

Regensburg Court

Progress with the decision of 2013 to change the development to amenity housing

Seaview House

Progress with the decision of 2013 to change the development to amenity housing.  Officers should also consider some of the long term void flats for allocation under the sensitive letting policy

Thorngrove Court

Progress with the decision of 2013 to change the development to amenity housing

 

(iii)      approve that tenants living in the transitional developments, changing from sheltered to amenity housing be offered, as a minimum, an amenity with community alarm service where family members responded with the future option to upgrade to amenity+ where the responder was a staff member;

(iv)      approve that the charge for amenity with community alarm service be set in line with the traditional community alarm service charge, currently £1.35 per week and that the amenity+ charge of £5 per week be as approved in the budget report considered on 5 February 2015;  and

(v)       agree that officers be given discretion to apply a sensitive allocation policy (detailed in Appendix 2) in cases where the assessed list of applicants for sheltered housing and amenity housing had been exhausted.

 

The Committee resolved:-

to approve the recommendations.

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