Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
Cabinet considered a report proposing the acquisition of a property in North Wingfield for use as temporary accommodation within the Council’s homelessness service.
RESOLVED - That Cabinet endorsed the purchase of the property in North Wingfield to help reduce hotel costs and to safeguard the property and local community.
REASONS FOR DECISION – By acquiring the property, the Council will be able to significantly reduce the use of hotels by its Homelessness Service and the associated costs, whilst also increasing its emergency housing capacity, at a time when pressures on the Homelessness Service are greater than ever before.
OTHER OPTIONS CONSIDERED AND REJECTED – Not to take up the option of purchase would mean that a reduction of hotel costs would not be achieved. The property might also be purchased by a new provider. In certain circumstances this could result in Anti-Social Behaviour problems in and around the property.
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Report author: Lee Pepper
Publication date: 30/06/2023
Date of decision: 29/06/2023
Decided at meeting: 29/06/2023 - Cabinet