Housing role under fire

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HOUSING bosses have come under fire for creating a job with a wage of almost £50,000 to ‘manage’ changes to the way Sheffield’s council houses are run over the next year.

The temporary project manager post has been created by Sheffield Council with a wage of between £43,360 and £48,602.

The successful candidate will ‘lead the Future of Council Housing project until April 2013.’

The project will begin after a ballot of tenants about whether Sheffield Homes should manage houses or for the role to be returned to the council.

The job description says: “The project manager will lead a team to design and implement a housing management model after the option for future management is selected in March.”

Ann Bentley, secretary of Lower Wincobank Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, said: “I don’t think the role is necessary – the management resources the council has already are quite adequate.

“The salary is a large amount when you think about the difference such a sum could make if spent around the estates.”

Sheffield Council said the post is open only to existing staff or Sheffield Homes workers.

Cabinet member for housing Coun Harry Harpham said: “The change in management of council houses will be a huge job once the ballot is finished and this is a job that needs to be done. You need people to manage major change.”