Venue: Town Hall, Scarborough
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To approve as a correct record and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 29 September 2017 (attached).
RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 29 September 2017 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
Public Question Time
To consider public questions of which due notice has been given and which are relevant to the business of the committee.
There were no public questions.
To consider the attached report by the White Rose Home Improvement Agency Manager.
The Home Improvement Agency Manager presented her report in respect of the work undertaken by the Home Improvement Agency (HIA) during 2017/18, the financial performance during this period, an update on the 2018/19 financial position and the proposed budgets for 2019/20. The Joint Committee was advised that the HIA continued to provide an excellent range of services across the Borough and Ryedale, including the provision of statutory Disabled Facilities Grants, Well Being and Handyperson Services along with a range of initiatives aimed at reducing fuel poverty. Key points highlighted in the report were:
· The demand for DFGs continued to increase year on year. 271 DFGs were completed in 2017/18 in the Borough and 105 in Ryedale as compared to 169 and 48 the previous year.
· Despite increasing demand, the time taken to process DFGs was reducing. In 2017/18 the average time for non means tested grants (from time of initial referral to completion of works) was 105 days as compared to 110 days the previous year.
· The Council continued to fully spend its allocated budgets and these were increasing. The 2018/19 budget for Scarborough was £1.3m and the budget for Ryedale £541k. Both councils were awarded an additional grant from the Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government in November with Scarborough receiving £145k and Ryedale £65k. For 2019/20 a further 8% uplift was predicted.
· In 2017/18 the HIA through its Handyperson service undertook 2010 jobs across the partnership area including 1148 minor adaptations in the Borough.
· The HIA continued to operate with a balanced budget overall. The range of services being offered was cost neutral to the Council.
· In 2018 the HIA was recognised for its good practice and included within the Centre for Ageing Better Report, Room to improve, innovation and good practice in housing adaptations
The Joint Committee commended the report and the work of the HIA, noting that officers would keep the capacity of the HIA under review to ensure it continued to provide an excellent service despite increasing demand. Further, it was noted that the County Council was also improving its processes to ensure occupational therapists were deployed more flexibly, and streamlining the approval process for more straightforward works.
RESOLVED that the committee:
1. Note the 2017/18 financial performance
2. Approve the proposed budget for 2019/20 (including a proposed increase in funding from Ryedale District Council of £5,379 for the 2019/20 financial year)
3. Confirm the revenue and capital budgets for 2019/20
To ensure the budget for the 2019/20 financial year is agreed in accordance with the White Rose Home Improvement Agency Partnership Agreement