Council and housing firm join forces

Affordable housing in the county is set to benefit from an additional £896,000 funding each year following management changes.

Homes for Northumberland will join Northumberland County Council from September 1 to make a saving of at least £896,000, which will then be reinvested into housing each year.

In December 2014, the local authority agreed in principle to bringing housing management within the council in a bid to remove additional costs and duplication of a separate company.

From December last year to the end of March this year, the council consulted tenants on the proposal.

Coun Allan Hepple, cabinet member responsible for housing at the county council, said: “Through the changes we aim to maintain and improve on our housing management arrangements and also be able to invest in new council housing for future generations.

“The savings made will be invested in improving services and for the building of new homes.

“The review has been all about continuing to providing excellent services for tenants whilst allowing reinvestment of costs that are duplicated through having a separate company to manage council housing.”

All staff will transfer to the council under TUPE arrangements when the change takes place on September 1.