Ex­cer­cise costs ‘are jus­ti­fied’

Stockport Times West - - BIG PICTURE -

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.”

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