AUG 00] NUNEATON & BEDWORTH BOROUGH COUNCIL NEWS
More Council Houses Set To Be Transferred?
houses in Nuneaton and Bedworth could be transferred into the private
sector, giving a new landlord to thousands of people who now live in
local authority homes.
The borough council's
housing committee is to consider a report which recommends a thorough
review of its own housing service. The
council needs to sort out a shortfall in money to keep its houses up
It could cost about
£78 million to being the homes up to standard. But this year, the
council is only able to spend £3 million on improvements. So a list
of options has been drawn up on ways forward.
Council has already moved its houses to the private sector, and homes
in Coventry are due to be transferred next month.
The report looking at
the options for Nuneaton and Bedworth points out ways that council
could raise the money it needs.
The options include:
through the Private Finance Initiative,
arms-length housing company,
stock to a housing association,
operate within the resources available to the council.
Cllr Sheila Hancox,
chair of the borough housing committee, admitted the council has not
got enough money for the work. She said:
major challenges facing all councils who need to invest in their
“We are not
currently able to provide the level of investment we would wish to,
and so our houses can not be improved to the standard that tenants
are entitled to expect.
“The committee is
therefore being asked to take a comprehensive and detailed look at
all the options that are available, so we can make decisions in
consultation with tenants that are in everyone's best
The council has asked
consultants Price Waterhouse Coopers to look at the various options,
and their report will be used to prompt a wide debate on the subject.
The report will look
at how much it will cost to bring the stock up to modern standards and
how much is likely to be available under the various options.
The council will be
carrying out a major consultation exercise with tenants, which will
include a series of public meetings over the coming months.
One of the options
under consideration will be stock transfer which could involve the
Council setting up a new housing association, which would be partly
controlled by tenants.
Cllr Hancox added:
stress that this is only one of a number of options to be
considered, and it could only happen if a majority of tenants vote
“It is an
interesting possibility, as are some of the other options, but we
will not be forming a view on whether it is right for Nuneaton and
Bedworth until all the facts have been looked at, and I would
encourage others to do the same.
very important issues for all our tenants, and I can assure people
that we will consider all the information, and take all views into
account before reaching a conclusion.
transfer does seem to be the way forward, remember it is tenants and
not the council who will make the final decision."