Decision Maker: Housing, Economy and Business Committee
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
To submit for approval a revised management
agreement between the Council and SHP
Trevor Hart, Housing Strategy and Commissioning Manager, briefly presented the report accompanied by Simon Latham, Assistant Director - Housing, Planning and Regeneration. The officer confirmed that consent had been received from the Regulator of Social Housing.
The Chair invited Steve Tucker (Managing Director) and Steve Bullock (Chair of the Board) of Sutton Housing Partnership to give their contributions.
In debate, historic issues associated with the management of SHP were raised and the Assistant Director present firmly rejected certain statements made, in relation to legal proceedings, as factually incorrect. Members agreed however, that tenants were of central and primary importance.
Further discussion focussed on governance and decision-making aspects of the agreement, including vacancies on the board of SHP and the schedule of delegated functions. After concerns were raised by Councillor James McDermott-Hill, it was confirmed by officers that strategic policy decisions would require committee approval (with reference to paragraph 8.1 of the management agreement) in that officers would only act within their delegated authority.
In response to concerns raised, it was clarified that political activities of suppliers and subcontractors to SHP were not subject to the Management Agreement. It was confirmed by the SHP representatives that a sub-committee of the SHP board oversaw any risk of fraud.
RESOLVED: that the revised management agreement between Council and Sutton Housing Partnership, which will come into effect on 1 April 2019, be approved, subject to the approval of the Regulator of Social Housing.
Under Standing Order 15.4, Councillor Nick Mattey requested that his vote against the recommendation be recorded.
Report author: Trevor Hart
Publication date: 26/03/2019
Date of decision: 19/03/2019
Decided at meeting: 19/03/2019 - Housing, Economy and Business Committee