Excercise costs ‘are justified’
COUNCIL bosses insist a £36,000 exercise to find out what the public thinks about changing the way social housing is run was not a waste of money – despite the fact that the status quo will remain.
Stockport Council asked residents to have their say on how its housing stock should be managed – with the possibility of services being taken in-house.
The total cost of the exercise was £36,000. Solutions Housing Consultancy, appointed to advise tenants, was paid £21,000.
A 10-year, £53m contract with arms-length body Stockport Homes is due to end in October next year. The deal affects around 11,500 properties.
Councillors at an executive meeting presented a report outlining that just five per cent of tenants completed a survey – with 76 per cent of those supporting the current model. A new agreement will now be offered to Stockport Homes.
Council leader Sue Derbyshire said: “This is some of the most essential social housing in the borough. To ensure this was the right way to go forward was not a waste.”