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Items
No. Item

1.

Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 68 KB

Minutes of the meeting of the Social Housing Strategic Policy Committee held on 9th December 2015 were CONFIRMED and ADOPTED.

 

2.

Matters arising from the minutes

No matters were raised by members.

 

3.

Information submitted by members for written reply pdf icon PDF 24 KB

 

The reply was Noted.

 

4.

Directors Business

4a

Incremental Purchase Scheme pdf icon PDF 119 KB

 

Anne Hegarty gave a presentation on Incremental (Tenant) Purchase Scheme 2016:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The members agreed to have a special meeting of the Social Housing SPC on 27th April 2016 for further discussions on the matter.

 

4b

Downsizing pdf icon PDF 66 KB

 

Down Sizing Transfers Scheme

 

At the meeting of the Social Housing Strategic Policy Committee on 9th December 2015, there was a general discussion with regard to downsizing during the current housing issues workshop held at the meeting. There was agreement with the Council’s policy in prioritising downsizing to encourage and support tenants who wish to move to a smaller home. There is an excellent opportunity becoming available for older people to downsize from 3 and 4 bedroom dwellings to Rochestown House Phase 2, when the one-bedroom refurbished properties become available from the end of April 2016. This approach aims to make best use of the current housing stock by freeing up larger dwellings for applicants on the social housing application and transfer lists. It was agreed to further consider downsizing at the SPC Meeting in April 2016.  

 

Priority to Promote Downsizing

 

This local authority operates a downsizing scheme in accordance with the adopted Allocations Scheme whereby priority will be given to tenants seeking to downsize their allocations. Twelve households have downsized their accommodation since January 2015:

         

Year

 

Number Downsized

2015

10

To 18/3/2016

2

 

There are currently 7 downsizing applications approved for overall priority. 

 

In all cases, an offer of transfer to alternative accommodation will only be made where:

(i)           The rent and service charges accounts are clear, where a binding legal agreement, to the satisfaction of the County Councils Law Agent, has been entered into to pay arrears of rent and services charges.

(ii)          The dwelling being vacated is in a good state of repair and decoration.

(iii)         The household concerned is, as far as the Council is aware, not anti-Social.

 

While the Council’s policy is to prioritise downsizing, the Council is also aware that there will be costs in carrying out works to the downsized properties, some of the properties may be unavailable for re-letting within the standard re-let timescale, there will be security costs for the properties and the lack of rental income while properties are being brought up to standards. 

Council Priority to Promote Downsizing Scheme for Rochestown Phase 2

  • To develop and implement a high profile downsizing scheme for Rochestown Phase 2
  • Promote Rochestown Phase 2 as an excellent downsizing opportunity for older people
  • Market the availability of 34 extensively refurbished one-bedroom dwellings
  • Exclusive development within walking distance of Sallynoggin Village
  • Design of a good quality brochure
  • Provide well-presented information on the specifications and finish of dwellings, on energy efficiency, cost savings for the tenants, easy maintenance and upkeep for the tenants, typical floor plan, transport in the area and quality of life in Rochestown and the area
  • Provide details to elected members
  • Issue to approximately 128 older person tenants in 3 and 4 bedroom dwellings in the Dun Laoghaire/Dalkey and Ballybrack/Shankill areas over the age of 55 that could potentially down size their accommodation
  • Council to provide contact details for further information about Rochestown Phase 2 or general downsizing process
  • Council to arrange viewings as required and an open day  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4b

4c

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Anti-Social Behaviour Strategy 2010 - 2015 Review pdf icon PDF 73 KB

 

MRuane gave the following report for noting:

 

Anti-social Behaviour Strategy

 

At the meeting of the Social Housing Strategic Policy Committee on 9th December 2015, the members agreed a report on extending the time period of the Strategy until a revised strategy is adopted by the Council:

 

The Chief Executive’s report to the Meeting of the County Council on 14th December 2015 requesting the Council to extend the time period of the current strategy by approving the following resolution was AGREED:

 

‘That the Council resolve to extend the time period of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Anti-Social Behaviour Strategy 2010-2015 adopted by the Council on the 8th November 2010 until such time as a revised Strategy is adopted by the Council.’

 

 

Process for review of Anti-social Behaviour Strategy 2010-2015, as extended, and adoption of Revised Strategy for a 6 year period from date of adoption

Timescales

At the Social Housing Strategic Policy Committee on 9th December 2015 the Members agreed a report submitted for their information:

 

It informed the Members that a report on extending the time period of the Anti-Social Behaviour Strategy 2010-2015 until such time as a revised Strategy is adopted by the Council was listed on the Agenda for the Meeting of the County Council being held on the 14th December 2015. 

 

Completed

The Chief Executive’s report to the Meeting of the County Council on 14th December 2015 requesting the Council to extend the time period of the current strategy by approving the following resolution was AGREED:

‘That the Council resolve to extend the time period of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Anti-Social Behaviour Strategy 2010-2015 adopted by the Council on the 8th November 2010 until such time as a revised Strategy is adopted by the Council.’

 

Completed

Social Housing SPC on 6th April 2016. 4. d) Director’s Business- SPC is notified that a draft strategy is being prepared following review, mainly to bring it in line with new legislative requirements.

On-going

In accordance with section 35 (5) of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009, when drafting up a strategy, or before amending a strategy, a housing authority shall consult with-

(a)  Any joint policing committee established under section 36 of the Garda Siochana Act 2005 in respect of its administrative area,

(b)  The Garda Siochana

(c)  The Health Services Executive, and

(d)  Any other person as the authority considers appropriate.

 

Accordingly, the SPC is advised that consultation will involve: 

 

(A)  Consulting with certain statutory agencies, the Joint Policing Committee, An Garda Siochána, the HSE and other relevant organisations in relation to the draft strategy

(B)  Consulting with relevant agencies such as a large number of Approved Housing Bodies, such as Circle, Cluid, Crosscare, Dublin Simon, Escombe, Focus Ireland, HAIL, Nabco, Respond, Sonas, Sophia and Threshold, also, with Southside Travellers and the other Dublin Housing Authorities.

(C)  Following the consultation period, a report on the submissions, along with the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4c

5.

Business Referred from the Council pdf icon PDF 56 KB

 

a)       Letter received from Clare County Council dated 17 August 2015 regarding a motion passed asking the Chief Executive Officer of Clare County Council, the Commissioner for Data Protection, the Minister for Justice and the Minister for Housing what specific legal provisions are there to prevent members of Clare County Council from accessing information held by the Local Authority with regard to housing matters and to address any such legislative anomalies so as to remove restrictions on members fully exercising their mandated role as public representatives.

 

The correspondence was NOTED

 

6.

Work Programme pdf icon PDF 23 KB

a)   Current Work Programme

 

Social Housing SPC Work Programme 2016

 

Work Programme

SPC

Presentation on Housing for Sectorial Representatives (pre meeting)

April 2016

Capital Programme 2016

April 2016

Incremental Purchase Scheme

April 2016

Downsizing

April 2016

Anti-social behaviour Strategy

April & June 2016

Presentation Homeless Statistics (DRHE)

June 2016

Quarterly Housing Management Report

June & September 2016

Site Visit

September 16

Quarterly Housing Management Report

December 2016

Progress on Capital Programme 2016

December 2016

 

 

Following a discussion with Members’ regarding the Corporate Policy Group, the item was NOTED.

 

7.

Any Other Business

Ms. A Colgan asked if the interim Housing Strategy included in the County Development Plan could be discussed, she was advised that the County Development Plan had been approved on 16th March 2016.

 

8.

Date of Next Meeting

The Chair confirmed that a Special meeting of the Social Housing SPC will take place on 27th April 2016 to discuss the Incremental Purchase Scheme.  The meeting concluded at 19.10.