Committee details

Housing Cabinet Advisory Group

Purpose of committee

Housing Cabinet Advisory Group (HCAG) Draft Terms of Reference

 

Background

 

Thanet District Council is a Local Housing Authority with responsibility for a wide range of housing services.

The council is committed to providing high quality housing services and homes, involving its tenants, leaseholders and other customers in the design and delivery of services.

 

Purpose

 

·  To advise the Cabinet about housing strategy and policy reviews, improvement plans and new initiatives, such as options to increase the supply of affordable homes.

·  To hear from and consider the views of tenants, leaseholders and other customers about the housing service and their priorities for improvement;

·  To report back to Cabinet on the outcomes of the group's considerations.

 

Objectives of the group

 

·  To advise on a programme of strategy and policy review for the service, providing advice and direction.

·  To consider potential new initiatives, for example to increase the supply of affordable homes.

·  To consider the scope of improvement plans for the service and how they will be developed.

·  To consider relevant legislation, government policy and guidance in connection with strategy and policy reviews.

·  To receive briefings from Officers regarding  key issues, successes, risks and opportunities.

·  To consider the outcome of any scrutiny reviews relating to housing services conducted by the council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee;

·  To present and key findings/conclusions/recommendations of the Group to the Leader of the council and/or relevant Portfolio Holder.

 

Membership, Chairmanship and Quorum

 

Number of Members

Ten

Chair

Cabinet Member for Housing and Safer Neighbourhoods

Political Composition

(Not including the chair)

3 Labour;

3 Conservative;

1 Thanet Independent;

1 Green;

1 Independent.

Substitutes

No

Political Balance Rules Apply

No

Appointments

By the Leader of the Council

Restrictions

Non-executive Members only

Status

This is an advisory and not a decision making body.

Private meeting

Quorum

3

Number of Meetings

At least quarterly, with the ability to meet more frequently as required.

 

General

The work of the HCAG is restricted to the stated terms of reference highlighted above unless they are reviewed by the Leader.

HCAG meetings will usually be informal and held in private, with scope to meet with hear evidence from members of the public or hold a public meeting as required. Minutes of meetings will be retained as a record of discussions and published on the council’s website.

The HCAG is not a decision making body.

Notes

This Housing Cabinet Advisory Group was established through terms of reference approved by an Individual Cabinet Member decision made by the Leader of Council on 08/12/20.

 

Membership

Contact information

Support officer: Katie Brewer.

Phone: 01843 577046