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Meeting of the Executive held on 05/04/2005
HOUSING SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP (SIG)
22ND MARCH 2005




APPENDIX L
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL
HOUSING SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP (SIG)
22ND MARCH 2005
REPORT TO THE MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE – 5TH APRIL 2005



ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN

The Special Interest Group (SIG) elected Mr K T Reed (Executive Portfolio Holder for Housing) as its Chairman.


A. TERMS OF REFERENCE

The proposed Terms of Reference of the SIG were received as attached as Annexe 1.

Recommendation

B. STOCK TRANSFER CONSULTANTS

B.1 The SIG noted that, following invitations to tender and assessments by an interview panel, the following consultants had been appointed to assist the Council throughout the stock transfer process:

Lead Consultants – Housing Quality Network (HQN)
Legal Consultants – Trowers and Hamlins
Independent Tenant Advisers – TACT@DOME
Public Relations and Communications Consultants – to be appointed following interviews on 1st April 2005.

B.2 The Consultant Team Leaders were introduced to the SIG and each gave a presentation on their proposed work programme leading up to the pre-ballot stage of the stock transfer.

C. STOCK TRANSFER PROGRESS REPORT

C.1 The SIG received a report summarising the steps taken by officers in preparation for Stock Transfer. It provided information on the consultants’ recruitment process, stock transfer application, formation of a Shadow Registered Social Landlord and Corporate Support Group.

C.2 The Corporate Support Group (CSG) has been established to service and support the Housing SIG, Executive and Council to oversee the stock transfer project and consists of officers across departments. The Group has started work on creating a project plan, recruiting consultants, identifying HRA assets and Personnel issues.

C.3 Members of the CSG have met with Surrey County Council to discuss the new Registered Social Landlord becoming an admitted body to the pension scheme to ensure staff have continuity in pensions rights.

Members

Mr K T Reed (Chairman)
Mrs P Ellis
Mr P B Isherwood

An apology for absence was received from Mrs P M Frost.

Consultants

Ms S Groom – HQN
Mr I Dolittle – Trowers and Hamlins
Ms K Williams – TACT@DOME


The following officers were present:

Mrs L Austin
Mrs A Howson
Mr D January Mrs G Pope
Mr I Lynch
Mr R Wood








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Annexe 1


Proposed Terms of Reference
Housing Special Interest Group

its statutory obligations, e.g. homelessness, housing needs assessment, stock condition assessment and housing advice
fulfilling its strategic housing functions, and
enabling additional affordable homes


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