Council celebrates being only English local authority in top 50 landlords
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing
The London borough owns and manages 54,000 homes and over the last three years has invested over £400 million into its stock.
In 2011 it created a dedicated housing department to streamline and bring together a previously disjointed service, with poor performing external contracts either terminated or brought under council control.
And last year it asked an independent housing commission to look at every element of housing provision in the borough and what it meant to be a council tenant. With residents reporting that they wanted to be more involved in how services are run, Southwark is now working with them to set up more tenant management organisations and opportunities for local engagement.
Councillor Ian Wingfield, cabinet member for housing, said: “I am delighted that the work we’ve done to transform Southwark Council’s housing service is being recognised, this vote of confidence from other landlords gives validation to what we are already committed to doing. Satisfaction with the council’s repairs service is up five points over the past 12 months, complaints are down 40% and, unlike other landlords, the measurements are based on what residents tell the council.”
One of only two councils in the whole of the UK to make the shortlist, Southwark will find out where it has been placed in the rankings in 24housing's December issue.
An expert panel of judges will decide on numbers 11-50 in October, with the top 10 going to an online public vote shortly after that.