Review for the future of housing

Northumberland County Council is set to consider the way its homes are managed in the future at the next meeting of its policy board.

A report has been issued to the council’s communities and place overview and scrutiny committee which considers the best way of allowing the local authority to ‘invest in its housing stock while continuing to provide first class management for its council homes’.

Housing owned by the council is currently managed on its behalf by Homes for Northumberland, which operates properties primarily in Blyth Valley and Alnwick.

A move to bring management of the homes back in-house to the council would still see an annual budget for improvements and ongoing investment to achieve and maintain the properties to a decent standard over the next 30 years.

It is estimated that in excess of £750,000 a year could be saved by running current Homes for Northumberland management functions from the core of the council.

Coun Allan Hepple, policy board member for housing, planning and regeneration, said: “We have a strong commitment to developing high quality council homes and we have identified that through taking management and governance of council homes back into the council we can save money to reinvest in housing.”