Views sought on future of housing

Tenants’ views are being sought on the future of housing management in the county.

Northumberland County Council’s policy board has agreed to the principle of ending the arm’s length management of its housing stock and establishing an integrated housing management structure within the local authority.

All tenants and leaseholders will now be consulted through a ‘test of opinion’ before a final decision is made.

During the next week or so each tenant will receive a leaflet explaining the proposals and a questionnaire which they should complete and return no later than January 30.

Responses can also be provided online at www.northumberland.gov.uk/homes where tenants will need to quote the unique reference number on their leaflet.

Housing owned by the council is currently managed by Homes for Northumberland (HfN).

The council has been looking closely at the costs of running HfN as a separate company, and whether this can be done as effectively by carrying out management and back-office functions such as IT and HR within the council.

The council is expected to make a decision in March.