Greenwich Council

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Meeting: 21/03/2018 - Council (Item 18)

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Resolved –


The Royal Borough of Greenwich supports the principle of Community Led Housing (CLH) and welcomes the Housing Commission report recently published by the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network (CCIN). The Housing Market and national policies are failing to meet the needs of those in the greatest housing need. The Council is committed to harness the energy, commitment and resources in the community.


The Council:


Recognises the growing contribution of Meridian Home Start to our genuinely affordable housing offer and sees the value of CLH working in potential partnership;


Will develop practical responses to help support and encourage CLH including providing help and guidance for the identification of appropriate sites and work with all housing providers to achieve our objective;


Will work with CLH schemes to identify opportunities to contribute to affordable Housing delivery within the area;


Will work with CCIN and other Local Authorities involved in similar projects and will commit the Council to signing the CCIN’s pledge on CLH.


Councillor David Gardner, gave apologies for Councillor Averil Lekau not being there to move the motion.


Councillor David Gardner moved the motion. He highlighted the national and London housing shortage, and the increasing numbers in temporary accommodation. He noted the numbers on the housing register, and the government constraints on building new social housing. He detailed the decreasing amount spent on social housing over the last nine years. He spoke on the impact of the shortage of social housing on people's personal lives and on their mental and physical wellbeing. He noted the increasing problem of homelessness.  He recognised the work of Meridian Home Start in providing new homes for low income families, and also that of Chisel housing co-operative,  the co-operative model of the Walpole Estate management board, and the Charlton Triangle model. This emphasised that the Borough had a great history of community-led housing and co-operatives and that there was a role for them in the delivery of new housing.


In seconding the motion Councillor John Fahy gave appreciation for the work of the Officers in developing a housing strategy. He emphasised the Government's cuts in Council budgets and to supported housing disability benefits, the benefit cap and the bedroom tax. He noted the recent transfer back to the Government of unused money. He said as they could not rely on government or housing developers to meet the housing need the Council needed to develop a strategy with the community to develop community-led housing initiatives.


Councillor Spencer Drury proposed the amendment to the motion, as detailed in the published Tabled Items agenda. He stressed his concerns with the lack of democratic control over Meridian Home Start, which was a private company. He highlighted that the amendment introduced a clear commitment to building council housing. He commented that there was not actually a CCIN pledge, rather there was a template for each Council to develop its own pledge and so it made more sense that Greenwich develop its own pledge in line with the CCIN guidance.


The amendment was seconded by Councillor Matt Hartley.


The amendment was not accepted by Councillor Gardner.


Councillor Danny Thorpe challenged the claim about lack of democratic control over Meridian Home Start, highlighting that Councillor Steve Offord was and had been an independent observer on its Board, and that they had been brought before Scrutiny so that Members could be clear with Meridian about its priorities, and that in his role as Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability he met with Meridian very month to make sure that they were delivering on the Council's agenda. He explained that they had had to create the company in order to build housing. He commented that in the Government's last budget they had said they would be prepared to do a deal with Councils over the HR recap but having written to the relevant Minister, the Royal Borough of Greenwich had received no response


Councillor Gary Parker commented that the over £800 million underspend last year was  ...  view the full minutes text for item 18

Meeting: 28/02/2018 - Council (Item 14)

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This Matter was deferred to the next meeting of Council.