Newcastle City Council has confirmed they will go -ahead to close down Your Homes Newcastle (YHN) next July as eight of ten tenants back the housing transfer plan. The move represents the biggest change to council housing in the city for almost two decades.
The changes will see all services currently delivered by YHN on behalf of the council and the staff who deliver them become part of the council. This means the council will take over responsibility for all housing services for the first time since 2004.
Your Homes Newcastle housing transfer
YHN was established in 2004 to access the government’s Decent Home Standards Fund that local authorities couldn’t access directly. But that money no longer exists and with changes to rules and the sector facing tough financial challenges the council’s ruling cabinet agreed it was time to look at whether it was still right to use a separate body to deliver housing services.
A consultation with tenants and leaseholders revealed that 80% of residents backed the proposal to bring YHN into the council. The council claims the move will free up resources to improve homes and speed up repairs.
Work on the ‘housing transfer’, which will include a TUPE transfer of all YHN employees who deliver services on behalf of the council, will start straight away and is expected to complete in July 2024.
Coun Irim Ali, Cabinet Member for a Dynamic City, said:
” People are at the heart of everything we do, and as a council we want to our tenants and leaseholders to receive the best possible services.
“In recent years, we’ve faced major financial and regulatory changes in the housing sector that mean we need to get more from every pound we spend, so it was vital to consider whether there was a more effective and efficient way to deliver for our residents.”
She added: ” Bringing all our housing services together, in the council, is an exciting opportunity to reflect on our achievements, identify areas for improvement and create a new housing service that will help us deliver now and in the future.”
Based on a news release from Newcastle City Council