Leeds City Council on course to meet housing targets

BETTER SPACES: An example of environmental improvements to benefit local residents.
BETTER SPACES: An example of environmental improvements to benefit local residents.
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The council’s performance in relation to housing targets across the whole of the city will be discussed today.

A meeting of Leeds City Council’s Housing Advisory Board will assess the authority’s performance over the last year with above average results in relation to homelessness and council house repairs and a six figure investment into making environmental improvements.

They form two of the six priorities that the council has to work towards as part of an agreement made by the Board two years ago.

In the period 2016/2017 it made just short of 6,000 interventions to help prevent homeless situations by either enabling a person threatened with homelessness stay in their home or make a planned move to alternative long term accommodation.

In a three month period alone this year, for which figures are available there have been 1,319 successful interventions but also 208 cases that were not.

The report that councillors will debate says: “The council is very successful at preventing homelessness. The effectiveness of prevention activity means that the council is able to maintain a low-level of temporary accommodation placements – especially in comparison to other similar local authorities.”

It also reveals that the Board had allocated £829,924 to pay for improvement works in communities, ranging from cleaning and landscaping to installing handrails for elderly residents and upgrading bin stores.

Meanwhile, council house repairs were meeting targets with the four major firms contracted across the city achieving a satisfaction rate of 94.75 per cent over a target of 90 per cent.

Other targets relate to rent and benefits, knowing tenants and financial effectiveness.

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