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Meeting of the Executive held on 08/04/2008
Member/Tenants' Special Interest Group 20/02/08



APPENDIX K

WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

MEMBER/TENANTS’ SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP
20TH FEBRUARY 2008

A. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

B. DISCLOSURE OF INTERESTS

C. WORKSHOP – DEVELOPING THE ROLE OF THE MEMBER/TENANTS’ SIG2

C.1 The purpose of holding the meeting in workshop mode was to discuss how the SIG could move forward to meet the forthcoming challenges within the landlord service. In order to achieve this the SIG would need to concentrate on policy and strategic issues, rather than those that occurred on a daily basis, and to make recommendations to the Executive on the more important issues.

C.2 In order to indicate the above changes and the raised level of discussion at the meetings it was suggested that the SIG should be renamed. Following discussion it was agreed that a more appropriate title would be Landlord Services Partnership SIG and that new terms of reference be drawn up to take into account the proposed changes.

C.3 It was proposed that a work programme for the next five years be prepared together with a business plan, from which performance indicators could be drawn up. Working in a more structured way would enable the SIG to influence the HRA business programme and asset management strategy, monitor activity and landlord services and make suggestions for new policy issues. Small working groups were suggested to undertake base work on relevant issues and report findings back to the SIG.

C.4. Officers undertook to draft a work plan and members were invited to suggest areas and issues to be included.

C.5 Members were in agreement with the proposal to hold more than the present four meetings a year and officers undertook to investigate the possibility for the new Council year.

C.6 The SIG RESOLVED to RECOMMEND to the Executive that the SIG should be named the Landlord Services Partnership SIG and that new terms of reference be drawn up to take into account the proposed changes.

D. AUDIT COMMISSION INSPECTION OF THE HOUSING SERVICE

Officers informed the meeting of the outcome of the Mock Inspection of the Housing Service undertaken in October 2007. Members noted that overall the outcome had been encouraging and that officers would be working on improving identified areas prior to the Audit Commission Inspection in the autumn.

E. DATE OF NEXT MEETING

To be arranged in the new Council year taking into account the proposed changes.

Present at the meeting

For Waverley Borough Council The following officers were present:

Cllr Mrs P M Frost John Swanton
Cllr M Causey
Cllr S P Connolly
Cllr K Webster
For the Tenants’ Panel

Miss P Wright (Vice Chairman)
Mrs I Birch
Mr B Ekins
Mrs K Hall
Mrs C North
Mr R Randle
Mrs J Rawlings




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