Cabinet sign off contract extension for Doncaster housing provider St Leger Homes

St Leger Homes manage properties across Doncaster. Picture: Marie Caley/Doncaster Free Press
St Leger Homes manage properties across Doncaster. Picture: Marie Caley/Doncaster Free Press

A housing provider will carry on managing properties across Doncaster for a further five years.

Cabinet members on Doncaster Council agreed to extend St Leger Homes' contract until 2024 following an independent performance review. The current contract runs out in 2019.

The 'arms-length management organisation' (ALMO) has provided repairs and maintenance services for the social and private housing sector across the borough since 2005.

A report seen by councillors said the majority of the services St Leger provided are 'low cost and mid to high performing'. The service also scored a 91 per cent satisfaction rate with tenants.

The council has a 'break clause' option to end the contract in 2022 at no financial penalty.

The deal also includes that St Leger Homes annually present a review of its performance including a 'value for money assessment' to Doncaster Council.

Nigel Ball, cabinet member for public health, said: "I welcome this and the report. From my own personal portfolio perspective through public health, I need to mention during the really poor winter that we had, it was a relief to know St Leger Homes was always on call in terms of providing temporary accommodation for some of our rough sleepers and vulnerable adults around the town.

"I know they pulled out all the stops for that providing crash pads and temporary places and I'd like to thank them for that. I have no hesitation whatsoever in the option being offered."

Coun Joe Blackham, cabinet members for highways street scene and trading services, added: "We've witnessed substantial improvement in the way our housing stock has been managed over the course of the St Leger Homes operation.

"What we wish to see is the continued improvements and it's been demonstrated there is capacity to deliver that and I no hesitation at all in seconding this proposal."

The new contract will come into force on April 1, 2019.