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Cabinet Committee Meeting(Hybrid) - Thursday, 16 June 2022 at 10.00am
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You can read all meeting papers on Council Website here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/cabinet-160622

Business Operations and Partnerships Department
Director of Business Operations & Partnerships: Louise Pringle
Council Headquarters, Eastwood Park, Giffnock, East Renfrewshire, G46 6UG
Phone: 0141 577 3000 Fax: 0141 577 3834
website: www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk
Date: 1 June 2022
When calling please ask for: Sharon McIntyre (Tel. No 0141-577-3011)
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TO: Councillors
O O’Donnell (Chair);

A Anderson (Vice Chair);

D Devlin;

D Macdonald;

and K Pragnell.

CABINET
A meeting of the Cabinet will be held on Thursday, 16 June 2022 at 10.00am.

The agenda of business is as shown below.

Please note this is a hybrid meeting.

Louise Pringle
L PRINGLE
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS & PARTNERSHIPS

AGENDA
1. Report apologies for absence.
2. Declarations of Interest.

3. Update on the Digital Transformation Programme - Report by Director of
Business Operations and Partnerships (copy attached, pages 3 - 16).

4. Local Government Benchmarking Framework: 2020/21 Performance - Report by
Chief Executive (copy attached, pages 17 - 72).

5. Allocations Policy Emergency Changes - Report by Director of Environment
(copy attached, pages 73 - 78).

6. Place Based Investment Programme 2021/22 - Report by Director of Environment (copy attached, pages 79 - 82).

7. Regeneration Capital Grant Fund 2020/21 – Cowan Park Enterprise and Community Hub - Report by Director of Environment (copy attached, pages 83 - 86).

This document can be explained to you in other languages and can be provided in
alternative formats such as large print and Braille. For further information, please
contact Customer First on 0141 577 3001 or email

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For information on how to access the hybrid meeting please email

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A recording of the meeting will also be available following the meeting on the
Council’s YouTube Channel

www.youtube.com/user/eastrenfrewshire/videos

Re: Cabinet Committee Meeting(Hybrid) - Thursday, 16 June 2022 at 10.00am 1 week, 2 days ago #2

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A recording of the meeting is now available on the Council’s YouTube Channel

www.youtube.com/user/eastrenfrewshire/videos

You can read Agenda/Papers on Council Website here

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/cabinet-160622

Re: Cabinet Committee Meeting(Hybrid) - Thursday, 16 June 2022 at 10.00am 3 days, 19 hours ago #3

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23/6/2022

Published Barrhead News on Line

Review of the way houses are allocated to the homeless
1 hr ago



By Drew Sandelands
Local Democracy Reporter


A REVIEW of the way houses are allocated to homeless people in East Renfrewshire is taking place, as demand remains “consistently high.”

Changes to the council’s letting policy were made under emergency powers during the Covid pandemic to increase the percentage of properties available to those without a home.

But the need for housing is growing, with the number of people presenting as homeless rising year on year – from 308 in 2018/19 to 378 in 2021/22.

Over the past two years, the number of homeless people waiting for an offer of accommodation has “remained steadily above 100 households at any one time,” a report by council officials states.

This has increased pressure on the supply of temporary properties for people waiting for homes, with a “significant amount” of Bed and Breakfast accommodation being used.

Consultation will be held over the summer before the review’s findings and any policy changes are presented to councillors later this year.

Council services were disrupted in March 2020 when lockdown was announced, with homeless people unable to move from temporary accommodation to permanent homes between March and July that year.

Officials reported the disruption has caused “a considerable backlog of homeless applicants waiting for housing” which was exacerbated when social distancing rules “reduced the productivity of the workforce once repair work was permitted.”

In an attempt to address the backlog, the council increased the percentage of lets to homeless hostels during 2020/21 but demand has remained high.

Former council leader Tony Buchanan and Councillor Danny Devlin, housing convener, then approved a six-month change to the letting policy under emergency powers in April this year.

They lifted the percentage of new-build council homes allocated to homeless people from the existing target of 25% to up to 40% and increased the percentage of existing council homes given to homeless people from a target of 55% to 70%.

These changes will run until October 5 and it is hoped they will ease demand.

As well as the increase in homeless presentations, the general waiting list for homes has risen from around 2,800 in 2018/19 to over 4,000 at the end of 2021/22.

The report states that East Renfrewshire Council has around 250 to 300 empty homes available to let each year, while housing associations have a “legal duty to assist with the housing of homeless households.”

Barrhead Housing Association provides up to 40% of its empty properties to homeless people, the report adds, while 25% of all council new-build social housing are allocated.

The demand has also placed “significant pressure” on the supply of temporary accommodation. Before 2020, around 60 properties – mainly council owned but some from the private sector – were used and supplemented by “the small use of Bed & Breakfast accommodation when required.”

Now the council has a supply of more than 100 properties and is using “a significant amount” of B&B accommodation, which is “contrary to best practice.”

The consultation process will include talks with existing tenants, those on the housing waiting list, tenants’ organisations and East Renfrewshire’s health and social care partnership.

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You can read the Report

Agenda Item No: 5
EAST RENFREWSHIRE COUNCIL CABINET - 16 June 2022
Report by Director of Environment - ALLOCATIONS POLICY EMERGENCY CHANGES

on Council Website here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/cabinet-160622

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Freedom of Information Request made before Cabinet Meeting of 16/6/2022

Made On Line
11/6/2022
8052-4375-1170-7634

This Freedom of Information(FOI) Request concerns the Private Sector Leasing Scheme as highlighted on the East Renfrewshire Council(ERC) Website

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/private-landlords


'Private Sector Leasing Scheme

For anyone who represents a landlord(s) in the East Renfrewshire area with a property to let.

We want to talk to landlords who would be interested in leasing to us to provide temporary accommodation for applicants.

The scheme offers:

- guaranteed rental income
- long lease - potentially three years
- free tenancy management
- no letting agents fees
- property returned in original condition
- no need to interview prospective tenants
- no loss of rent due to empty periods

If you're interested and want to find out more about the scheme, email Julie Campbell on

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who will contact you with further details'


Please give

Total number of contacts made with ERC.
Total number of contacts made by ERC with further details.
Numbers/Names of Landlords participating in the scheme.
The number of properties involved.
Costs to ERC for each of the bullet points above.
Total cost to ERC of the Scheme.

Your help in providing the requested information is appreciated.
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