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Meeting of the Executive held on 12/07/2004
Advancing the Decent Homes and Health and Safety Work Programmes within the Housing Revenue Account Capital Programme



Summary & Purpose
To seek authority to bring forward some of the funding available within the provisions of the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Capital budget for 2005/06, allowing some of the Decent Homes and Health and Safety work to be completed in advance of the original anticipated timescale. This report has already been considered by the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

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APPENDIX O

WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

COMMUNITY OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – 29TH JUNE 2004

EXECUTIVE – 12TH JULY 2004

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Title:
Advancing the Decent HomeS and Health and
Safety Work PROGRAMMES within the HOUSING REVENUE
ACCOUNT Capital Programme

[Wards Affected: All]
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Note pursuant to Section 100B(5) of the Local Government Act 1972

The Annexe to this report contains exempt information by virtue of which the public is likely to be excluded during the item to which the report relates, as specified in paragraph 8 of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 indicated:-

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Summary and purpose:

To seek authority to bring forward some of the funding available within the provisions of the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Capital budget for 2005/06, allowing some of the Decent Homes and Health and Safety work to be completed in advance of the original anticipated timescale. This report has already been considered by the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

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E-Government implications:

There are no E-Government implications.

Resource and legal implications:

These works will be carried out within the provisions of the HRA Capital programme for 2004/05 and the indicative 2005/06 programme. This work is financed from capital receipts so a corresponding re-phasing of the use of these funds will be necessary.

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Background

1. An extensive programme of work is undertaken every year to maintain and improve the condition of the Housing Revenue Account properties. During the year 2003/04 the approach to procurement of contractors to carry out this work was reviewed and two and/or three year contracts were awarded to contractors carrying out the main areas of programmed work in place of the annual contracts that existed previously. The changes to the Contract Procedure Rules at the beginning of last year also enabled the quality of the contractors appointed to be considered more effectively.

2. The improvements to the procurement process and consequential improvements in the performance in the contractors appointed has enabled the Capital Programme of Work for 2003/04 for Maintenance Work to be completed within the financial year and with an improvement in the level of customer satisfaction.

3. As longer term contracts were in place for the beginning of the current (2004/05) financial year, most programmes of work were able to start during April 2004. If the contractors’ performance continues to be good, it is anticipated that the majority of the work can be carried out with the current funding available during the Autumn of 2004.

4. Within the indicative HRA Capital Programme for 2005/06, budgets and programmes of work have been identified for the areas where the longer term contracts have been established. The areas of work proposed will contribute towards the Council’s objective of bringing all homes up to a Decent Homes Standard by 2010 and can be funded from accumulated unused HRA Capital Receipts.

5. Avoiding the suspension of work from Autumn until April 2005 offers advantages to both officers and the contractors’ staff and operatives, as well as the customers. Continuous operation will enable key staff and operatives to be retained and avoid the cost and uncertainty of remobilization of equipment.

6. The Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee concurs with this proposed course of action and commends the Executive accordingly.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the Executive endorses the following course of action:-

1. subject to the requirements of the Contract Procedure rules and the continued satisfactory performance from the contractors, the contracts for the current financial year be expanded to enable completion of Decent Homes and Health and Safety Programmes of work in advance of the timescales originally anticipated; and

2. the Capital Budget of 1,080,000 and corresponding funding from housing capital receipts identified in the indicative 2005/06 HRA Capital Programme be brought forward to 2004/05 to enable the additional programme of works detailed in the (Exempt) Annexe to be undertaken.

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Background Papers (DoH)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.

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CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: David Simmons Telephone: 01483 523374

E-mail: dsimmons@waverley.gov.uk

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