City council could scrap Derby Homes

Responsibility for managing Derby's social housing could be returned to the city council under new plans.

The authority has raised the possibility of taking back control of housing management to make savings and "streamline" decision-making.

Non-profit organisation Derby Homes has managed the city's 14,000 council houses since 2002.

Some tenants are worried they would be less involved in decision making if the plans go ahead.

Dennis Rees, from tenants' group the Derby Association of Community Partners, also said he is concerned that decisions could be made on party political grounds.

'Financial efficiencies'

The council has drawn up 10 reasons for and against keeping Derby Homes.

It said it will take into account its excellent track record as well as the views of tenants and government policy requirements.

However, the authority claims that scrapping Derby Homes could lead to "financial efficiencies" of £300,000.

Paul Bayliss, a vice chair of Derby Homes and the council's Labour opposition leader, said: "I think tenants ought to be concerned and should get involved in the debate."

The city council has declined to comment on the proposals ahead of a cabinet meeting in November, which will be followed by a consultation period and final decision in February next year.

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