Landlords told to keep control of opt out plans
The six local authority landlords chosen to work up proposals to opt out of the housing subsidy system have been told to ensure their plans have a minimal impact on the Treasury.
Councils and arm's-length management organisations chosen to take part in the pilot were given the warning at their first joint meeting with officials last week.
They were also urged to share their findings with the councils and ALMOs that failed to make it into the pilot.
Mike Owen, chief executive of Carrick Housing, said the main issue had been clear.
‘It was how much is your plan going to cost and what will it cost the Treasury,' he said.
Owen said the group would be as open as possible about what it was doing but some aspects may be kept confidential until they have been worked through in detail.
Different assumptions about inflation, for example, could lead to vastly different outcomes in terms of cost, he said.
‘We all felt that [being open] was best but within certain boundaries because it is your business plan and the thing with developing something and sharing it as you are developing it is [that] people run away with ideas,' he said.
The landlords will now have individual meetings with the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Treasury over the next couple of months.
They will work through the fine detail of their plans in January and February next year before submitting a final report to the DCLG in March.