What is your response to the Scrutiny panel’s report and recommendations which was discussed at the February 2017 Cabinet meeting?
The Housing & Regeneration Scrutiny report has now been ratified by the Overview & Scrutiny Committee. Our Cabinet has already accepted the majority of the recommendations in that report – the Cabinet’s full response can be found here. The Overview and Scrutiny Committee and Housing and Regeneration Scrutiny Panel will continue to have a valuable role in considering the HDV arrangements going forward.
Your Scrutiny Panel recommended a delay for six months – why didn’t you accept this recommendation?
The Scrutiny Panel recommended a six month period to look at governance, risk and other issues in more detail. We didn’t accept this recommendation as the process already includes a five month period to look at exactly these issues as part of the finalisation of the deal.
A final decision on whether the HDV will be established will be made by our Cabinet in the summer. Between then and now, we will be in discussions with the preferred bidder to resolve questions on how the HDV will be operated and governed and how to mitigate risks. Pausing now would have prevented us from the discussions needed to clarify the issues raised by the Scrutiny Panel.
Also, pausing the process now would make it difficult to restart at a time where new homes and affordable housing are greatly needed. The Cabinet’s full response to the Oversight and Scrutiny Committee can be found on the Agenda and Minutes page for the Cabinet held on 6 March 2017 at 6pm.
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