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Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: The Craven Room - Ground Floor, West Offices (G048). View directions

Contact: Chris Elliott  Email: christopher.elliott@york.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

27.

Declarations of Interest

At this point in the meeting, Members are asked to declare:

·        any personal interests not included on the Register of Interests

·        any prejudicial interests or

·        any disclosable pecuniary interests

which they may have in respect of business on this agenda.

 

Minutes:

The Executive Member was asked to declare, at this point in the meeting, any personal interests not included on the Register of Interests or any prejudicial or discloseable pecuniary interest that they might have in respect of the business on the agenda.  None were declared. 

28.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 69 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 20 March 2019.

 

Minutes:

Resolved: That the minutes of the previous meeting of the

committee held on 20 March 2019be approved and signed as a correct record.

 

29.

Public Participation

At this point in the meeting, members of the public who have registered to speak can do so. The deadline for registering is 5.00pm on Wednesday 30 October. Members of the public can speak on agenda items or matters within the Executive Member’s remit.

 

To register to speak please contact the Democracy Officers for the meeting, on the details at the foot of the agenda.

 

Filming, Recording or Webcasting Meetings

Please note that, subject to available resources, this meeting will be filmed and webcast, or recorded, including any registered public speakers who have given their permission. The broadcast can be viewed at http://www.york.gov.uk/webcasts or, if recorded, this will be uploaded onto the Council’s website following the meeting.

 

Residents are welcome to photograph, film or record Councillors and Officers at all meetings open to the press and public. This includes the use of social media reporting, i.e. tweeting. Anyone wishing to film, record or take photos at any public meeting should contact the Democracy Officers (contact details are at the foot of this agenda) in advance of the meeting.

 

The Council’s protocol on Webcasting, Filming & Recording of Meetings ensures that these practices are carried out in a manner both respectful to the conduct of the meeting and all those present.  It can be viewed at:

 

https://www.york.gov.uk/downloads/file/11406/protocol_for_webcasting_filming_and_recording_of_council_meetings_20160809

 

Minutes:

It was reported that there had been no registrations to speak under the Council’s Public Participation Scheme.

 

30.

Homeless Review 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 269 KB

This report’s primary focus is to report on prevention and relief work, main duty decisions and rough sleeping. The Executive Member is asked to note the progress of the service and agree the priorities and targets for 2019/20.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved:

(i)           That the Homeless Review report and the progress made by the service be noted.

(ii)         That the priorities and targets for 2019/20 as set out in paragraph 31 of the Homeless Review report, including renaming the ‘Preventing Homelessness Together ‘ to ‘Preventing Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Together’ be agreed.

(iii)        That there be a communication with residents outlining how they can help the homeless in York.

Reason:     To ensure the council continues to meet the statutory

duties under Housing Act 1996 (as amended) and Homeless Reduction Act.

Minutes:

The Executive Member received a report on the prevention and relief work, main duty decisions and rough sleeping as well as the activity governed by the Housing Act 1996, the Homelessness Act 2002, The Localism Act 2011 and the Homeless Reduction Act

2017 and the City of York Council’s Homelessness Strategy 2018-2023 in respect of the financial year 2018/19.

 

Tim Carroll, the Service Manager for the Housing Options and Support Team and Denis Southall, Head of Housing, were in attendance to present the report and to respond to questions. 

 

During discussion, officers explained some of the challenges that their team had faced in relation to this aspect of service which included:

·        the financial environment in York in terms of wages to housing prices, which makes it harder for people to access affordable housing,

·        cuts in funding from central government

·        The Homeless Reduction Act 2017 – whilst this had been  well-intended and welcome legislation, managing these changes locally had meant added work and the team adapting to a new IT system.

 

The Executive Member commended the team in their ability to absorb these challenges and noted that the department had worked very hard with all of our partners in the voluntary sector on reducing the numbers of rough sleeping in York.  She also noted that many of York’s residents were very concerned about this issue and that it was important to assure them that that the housing team were already working hard to address this concern, whilst acknowledging that there is always more that could be done.  She was pleased to note that the department had continued to gain funding to help prevent homelessness.  The Executive would be considering work on how to help reduce the number of homeless people in York along with other initiatives within the council’s budget in July.

 

Resolved:

(i)           That the Homeless Review report and the progress made by the service be noted.

(ii)         That the priorities and targets for 2019/20 as set out in paragraph 31 of the Homeless Review report, including renaming the ‘Preventing Homelessness Together ‘ to ‘Preventing Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Together’ be agreed.

(iii)        That there be a communication with residents outlining how they can help the homeless in York.

Reason:     To ensure the council continues to meet the statutory

duties under Housing Act 1996 (as amended) and Homeless Reduction Act.

 

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