Northampton DCH table questions to next council meeting!

Northampton DCH table questions to next council meeting

dch_logoMembers of DCH have put the following questions to the Cabinet Member for Housing

Questions tabled and confirmed for Council meeting Monday, 25 January 2016

To Councillor Hibbert Cabinet Member for Housing

Having read a article by local Housing campaigners that states that Northampton Borough Council sells properties at under £50k and buys them back at over £98k

Question: Could you confirm or otherwise, as NBC spent £1,392,840 on the purchase of 14 dwellings?

To Councillor Hibbert Cabinet Member for Housing

Northampton Borough Council’s Cabinet discussed proposed changes to the Housing Allocations Policy and the Tenancy Strategy in December 2012

94% of respondents to the Tenancy Strategy agreed with the proposal to give older people a lifetime tenancy.

Question: Would you agree that now the Government as dictated that ALL tenancies MUST be for 2 years to 5 years flies in the face of Localism?

To Councillor Hibbert Cabinet Member for Housing

Currently 167 properties are subject to an additional 50% council tax due to being empty for over 2 years, of that number 39 are the councils own housing stock.

Council housing is less than 13% of the total properties in the borough but accounts for 23% of the property being empty for such a long period.

Are you content with this?

To Councillor Hibbert Cabinet Member for Housing

In December NBC published ‘A proposed new sheltered housing scheme on a site at Lakeview in Churchill Avenue is taking a step forward’ recent developments due to come into effect April 2018 will restrict HB to LHA rate for all tenures and all tenants.

Question: Is this scheme still viable at a rent of £100.05 or less (Northampton 1 bed LHA rate) a week?

POST meeting date with responses to the question see link

http://www.northamptonboroughcouncil.com/councillors/documents/s48927/Questions%20and%20Answers.pdf

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