Basildon Council could regain housing stock

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A council in Essex could regain the direct management of its housing stock under plans which could save up to £1m.

A report to the Conservative-controlled Basildon Council recommends that St George's Community Housing (SGCH) becomes an "in-house" service.

A council meeting on 13 January will be followed by a public consultation.

A review of SGCH revealed the strong economic case and the chance to improve tenant participation if the council has direct control, the council said.

'Major savings'

Andrew Baggott, cabinet member for community, said: "The review has highlighted a number of benefits for bringing SGCH back in-house.

"Major savings could be achieved through the administration, management and other back office functions which can then be invested into front-line housing services that will help to improve the lives of our tenants, leaseholders and residents."

"A move back in-house could save up to £1m a year in the future, which is a major amount, particularly in the current climate."

It is thought that the new arrangements could create a closer relationship between the council and landlords, tenants and tenant organisations.

It is also believed that it would remove some confusion that exists for tenants as to which organisation is responsible for what service.

A final decision will be made by March 2011.

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