Birmingham Council moves to devolve housing
Birmingham Council has taken steps towards devolving its housing management services after excluding housing from its cabinet.
The council, which is the biggest local authority landlord in the UK, announced in May that it would give the responsibility for housing to the 10 constituencies in the city.
Now, a consultation has been launched outlining the intention to set up district housing panels which will work with housing services and tenants. The panels will replace the current housing liaison boards.
The council hopes the panels will provide a stronger voice for tenants by enabling them to have a say in shaping the provision of new homes, repairs, allocations and management of homes.
Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham Council, said: ‘This approach is about the devolution of power, a potent driver in ensuring tenant engagement is inclusive.
‘These proposals are not about restructuring the service delivery for the sake of it. We will build on the good work of the housing liaison board which is why I aim to retain the self-financing HRA model.
‘As a council we will continue our investment in housing stock, building new homes to meet the housing need and driving up the quality of housing services.’
The consultation is aimed primarily at tenants of Birmingham Council and will run until 11 October.