Decision details

Draft Housing Revenue Account Budget and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2016-17 to 2019-20

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Approve the draft HRA budget for 2016-17 and MTFS for consultation.




(1)          the draft Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Budget be approved for consultation;


(2)          the proposed average rent of £113.85 per week for 2016-17, representing a decrease of 1% in average rent from the 2015-16 figure in line with the proposed Welfare Reform and Work Bill be noted;


(3)          an average tenant service charge of  £2.94 per week, an increase of 1%, as set out in appendix 2 to the report, be approved for consultation;


(4)          the proposed increases in facility and water charges, set out at appendices 4 and 5, and Community Centre charges set out at appendix 6 to the report, be approved for consultation;


(5)          the draft four year Capital Programme be approved for consultation;


(6)          the appropriation of a General Fund property into the HRA to help alleviate the homeless pressures and replace it by appropriating a Community Hall from the HRA be approved;


(7)          it be noted that final approval of the budget and MTFS would be sought from Cabinet and Council in February 2016 following consultation.


Reason for Decision:  To publish the draft HRA budget and Capital Programme for consultation. To undertake a property rationalisation exercise to appropriate a dwelling from the General Fund that could be used by housing to help the homeless situation and to appropriate a Community Hall to the General Fund to replace it. 


Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:  As set out in the report.


Conflict of Interest relating to the matter declared by Cabinet Member/Dispensation Granted:  None.

Report author: Dawn Calvert

Publication date: 11/12/2015

Date of decision: 10/12/2015

Decided at meeting: 10/12/2015 - Cabinet

Effective from: 19/12/2015

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