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Cotswold DC To Bring Homes Advice Back In House

Cotswold District Council will make annual savings of over £72,000 when it brings the housing advice service HomeView in-house in 2009.

The HomeView service is currently provided on the Council’s behalf by Fosseway Living from its site on the Tetbury Road, Cirencester.

Under the new arrangements, the HomeView staff will become employees of the Council and will provide advice on choice-based lettings, housing and homelessness from CDC’s Trinity Road offices.

However, all of the former Council housing stock across the Cotswolds – which was transferred from CDC’s ownership in 1996 – would remain under the ownership and control of Fosseway Living and tenants would continue to go to Fosseway with any queries relating to their homes.

The Council’s Community, Health & Housing Manager Rosemary Lynn said: “The benefits of this move would include greater clarity for customers over what is currently provided by HomeView, as well as increased value for money.”

Sir Edward Horsfall, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “The Council has been very happy with the housing advice service that Fosseway has provided over the past 11 years.
“The move means that the HomeView service will be in a more central location within Cirencester, and it will provide people of the Cotswolds with a dedicated advice service for their housing queries.
“In the long term, I think this is a very viable move and it would offer a range of benefits to the Council, HomeView, Fosseway Living and the residents of the Cotswolds.”

Stephen Cook, Fosseway Living Managing Director said: “It has been a real pleasure to have the HomeView team based at our offices for the past 11 years and we will do all we can to support the team in their move to Trinity Road. As the local provider of affordable homes we will continue to work closely with CDC and the HomeView team to provide advice and homes in the Cotswolds.”

The decision to move the HomeView service in-house was recommended by the Housing Agency Review Board, a body consisting of Councillors, CDC officers and outside agencies, after the Board conducted a full scale review of the housing contract in 2007.

Posted : 29/07/2008 09:40:50

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