Cabinet 15 April 2013

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Councillors met on 15 April for the last meeting of the Cabinet in the 2012/13 civic year. Items discussed included housing, early preparations for the tendering of the next waste management contract, pay policy, business continuity and licensing.

Housing

Changes to tenancy conditions and the housing allocation scheme for residents in council housing were approved by the Cabinet. The changes include the adoption of flexible (fixed-term) tenancies for 3-bedroom properties. Councillors also agreed to ask the Housing Scrutiny Panel of Overview and Scrutiny to review the pilot scheme for flexible tenancies after 12 months. In particular, Cabinet will receive feedback on potential for continuing, discontinuing and expanding the flexible tenancy policy for 2-bedroom properties.

The changes were adopted following consultation with the Tenants and Leaseholders Federation, partner agencies, Parish and Town Councils and Registered Social Housing Landlord Partners.

Licensing

Cabinet supported proposals to introduce evening meetings and extended direct consultation with residents for premises licensing applications. By holding evening meetings, Councillors hoped to make them more accessible to residents, and particularly those at work during the day. Extending contact to residents and other businesses within 150 meters of a licence applicant follows procedures adopted by Westminster City Council. A recommendation for a supplementary estimate of £63,770 for 2013/14 is to be made to Full Council to pay for the enhancement to the licensing service.

Subject to funding agreement at Full Council, new licensing arrangements would be reviewed at the end of a 9 month pilot.

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