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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

#Kingston housing services are changing; have your say


A funding gap in the councils housing budget means money saving measures are being put into place.

There are two options, detailed below, but before a decision is made, the council wants your views if you are a tenant or leaseholder.

Option 1 - owned and managed by the Council

The Council will continue to manage housing services and staff, but will have to introduce new ways of working to meet the budget gap, whilst striving to maintain a high quality of customer service. To deliver housing services on a smaller and more efficient budget, the Council will consider all areas of how it manages services. This may include office accommodation, staffing levels and the terms and conditions of its maintenance contracts.

Option 2 - owned by the Council but managed by a different organisation

An external organisation will manage some or all housing services with their own staff, but the Council will continue to act as landlord. Staff currently employed by the Council could transfer into the employment of the new organisation. Specifications for the new housing service will be developed and managed by the Council according to the needs of the service.

The legal rights of residents (as set in their tenancy agreements) will remain unchanged, regardless of the way future housing services are provided. This means residents:

- Remain a Kingston Council tenant and their tenancy will continue as is;
- Benefit from the same right to buy privileges (dependent on their tenancy);
- Continue to have access to housing advice, support and services such as repairs and maintenance.

The Council will continue to own the housing stock and act as Landlord under both options.

To have your say, click here
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