Proposed shake-up of Doncaster’s housing services in

Deputy Mayor Councillor Glyn Jones and chief executive of St. Leger Homes Susan Jordan perform the ribbon-cutting ceremony at their new office and depot, cheered on by St. Leger Homes staff and Board Chair Alan Tolhurst (front row, far left).

Deputy Mayor Councillor Glyn Jones and chief executive of St. Leger Homes Susan Jordan perform the ribbon-cutting ceremony at their new office and depot, cheered on by St. Leger Homes staff and Board Chair Alan Tolhurst (front row, far left).

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Doncaster Council could hand extra powers to the company which maintains the borough’s housing stock.

A report to the council’s cabinet, ahead of a meeting this morning, recommends several housing functions should be transferred to St Leger Homes, the council’s ‘arms-length management organisation’.

It is also proposed to renew the company’s contract for a further five years, once the current agreement expires in October 2014.

In the report, Peter Dale, council director of regeneration and environment, said transferring certain powers ‘offers the greatest opportunity to improve delivery outcomes’.

There are five options for consideration.

The option recommended for approval would involve relocating certain services currently delivered by the council’s strategic housing team to St Leger Homes.

It includes the housing options service, gypsy and traveller landlord function, homeless prevention and tenancy support.

Other options are to retain the strategic housing team in its current form and to relocate the housing options service from strategic housing to adults services.

The report recommends the authority offers a new contract until 2019 on a rolling five-yearly term basis.