No change for tenants in county

Council tenants in Northumberland are being reassured that it is still business as usual now the management of council housing has been brought within the county council.

Tenants are being advised that they should continue to make contact with the same officer in the same ways as before, for housing related matters.

Homes for Northumberland has been managing the council’s portfolio of homes since local government reorganisation in 2009.

From Tuesday, the management of council housing in Northumberland has been brought within the county council – a move which will save hundreds of thousands of pounds each year by avoiding duplication in support services.

The 250 strong team from Homes for Northumberland has now joined Northumberland County Council’s housing service.

Councillor Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “While Homes for Northumberland has been doing an extremely good job, by managing council homes directly we can save the significant costs of running a separate company.

“The council will strive to be an excellent landlord and we look forward to working closely with our tenants to provide good quality housing and a first-rate service.”

Coun Allan Hepple, cabinet member responsible for housing at Northumberland County Council, said: “We have been working hard to ensure there is a smooth transition to the new management arrangements.

“The Homes for Northumberland team have looked after our tenants well and we look forward to welcoming them into the council.”