The subject of the decision
The Senior Manager - Housing submitted a report which sought member’s approval of a review of the Housing Grants and Assistance Policy.
The Policy had been updated to reflect the introduction of the Adult Social Care Reform White Paper and the Disabled Facilities Grants Delivery: Guidance for Local Authorities in England.
Councillor M Fitzgerald moved the recommendations as per the report including an additional recommendation as made by the Overview & Scrutiny Committee on 9 December 2022 which read;
‘that the Executive recommends to the new Cumberland Authority that a housing stock condition survey be carried out on all older buildings in the area, including a whole household energy consumption audit’.
Councillor J Lister seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously agreed.
Alternative options considered
Not to approve the policy.
The reason for the decision
To provide details of a Housing Grants and Assistance Policy which set out the circumstances in which the Council could provide financial assistance to improve the conditions, adapt existing housing and provide a prevention service that enabled people to continue to manage more safely within their home.
1. The introduction of the updated Housing Grants and Assistance Policy be supported;
2. The updated Housing Grants and Assistance Policy be adopted;
3. Any future amendments be delegated to the Chief Officer Place and Governance in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Housing;
4. It be recommended to the new Cumberland Authority that a housing stock condition survey be carried out on all older buildings in the area, including a whole household energy consumption audit.