September 30th, 2016

Housing teams merger could save council £80,000 a year

Housing teams merger could save council £80,000 a year Housing teams merger could save council £80,000 a year
Updated: 11:55 am, Jan 22, 2016

COUNCIL chiefs have claimed £80,000 a year could be saved if housing teams at Wychavon and Malvern Hills District Council’s were merged.

Under the fresh proposals, which will need to be approved by both authorities in February, council chiefs claim the move would allow savings to be made while boosting the service provided to residents.

The savings will be made by axing a management role and other vacant roles from within the housing teams.

Currently the housing teams provide a range of services from advice on finding accommodation, energy efficiency and handing out grants to help disabled people make adaption’s to their homes.

Wychavon and Malvern have already made significant savings by joining forces.

This includes £470,000 from sharing a Managing Director and senior management team, plus a further £60,000 from a shared legal service.

Coun Richard Morris, portfolio holder for economy and housing on Wychavon District Council, said:

“We know how vital the work of the housing team is to the well-being of our residents. This arrangement will strengthen that work.”

Coun Melanie Baker, portfolio holder with responsibility for housing on Malvern Hills District Council, said: “Housing is one of the most important services we provide and this proposal will allow us to improve the service further but at a reduced cost to the council taxpayer.”

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