Consultation on the future of council housing in Southwark

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Tuesday 30 April 2013 5.18pm
Good afternoon,

My name is Alice Orr-Ewing and I am organising Southwark Council’s consultation on the future of council housing the borough. I am hoping SE1 forum members may have views on this subject they would be happy to share.

As London’s largest council landlord, social housing is central to Southwark and as such we are seeking the views of all residents of the borough.

By way of some background... in 2011, the council appointed an independent housing commission to:

* explore options for the future financing, ownership and operation of Southwark’s council housing stock beyond 2015/16.
* examine proposals and make recommendations for an investment strategy for up to 30 years

In October 2012, this independent housing commission published a report entitled ‘The future of council housing in Southwark’. The report outlined 3 investment scenarios as well as 3 options for how council housing could be managed in the future.

At this early stage, we are not consulting on a preferred option or proposal; rather we are presenting the findings of the independent housing commission and asking for residents’ views on the following broad questions.

* Who should council housing be for, and for how long?
* How much council housing should we have?
* How should our council housing be managed?

More information about the housing commission (including a video presentation by the commission’s chair) and its report can be found here

An online survey which asks the three broad questions above is available here alternatively you can come along and complete the survey in person at one of these events
I’ll keep an eye on this thread and endeavour to respond to any enquiries as they come up, alternatively, please contact me on the details below.

Many thanks,

Alice
Alice Orr-Ewing| Resident Involvement Coordinator
Community Participation | Housing and Community Services Department | Southwark Council
Location: 2/4 160 Tooley Street, London SE1 2QH
Tel: 020 7525 7791| alice.orr-ewing@southwark.gov.uk
Tuesday 30 April 2013 6.41pm
Stop selling off ANY Council property,libraries,schools,housing....and refuse permission for tenants to sublet their property for inflated rents if the right to be can not be rescinded(?) dunno if thats the right word. now will peruse the rest of your post and links Alice!
Tuesday 30 April 2013 10.41pm
LBS RI coordinator wrote:
...In October 2012, this independent housing commission published a report entitled ‘The future of council housing in Southwark’. The report outlined 3 investment scenarios as well as 3 options for how council housing could be managed in the future.

In case you don't have time to read the PDF and the three options mentioned above:

Scenario 1:
Southwark council would be aiming to provide about 30,000 rented council homes by the end of the 30- year period in 2045, and would probably remain the largest provider of council housing in London. This would involve a managed decline from the 39,000 rented units in the current stock, with the loss of about 9,000 units over time due to Right to Buy, void sales and demolition.

Scenario 2:
Southwark council would aim to keep the rented stock at 39,000 over the longer term and seek to replace any stock lost through new-build. While there would be a number of challenges with this approach (financing the cost of repairs, managing leaseholder liability, etc), it could be a possible model given extra resources (principally from prudential borrowing).


Scenario 3:
Southwark council would seek to reduce its rented stock by about 50%, to 20,000 units by 2045 – similar to the current stock of other inner London boroughs. This would involve the borough reconsidering its allocation policy (given the rising demand for social housing) and its broader housing duties. More than scenarios 1 and 2, this scenario reflects a continuation of the trends over the last decade (and the impact of large-scale developments now under way), so would need to be considered as part of a wider housing strategy.

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