Warning of risk to quality of housing service

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RISK to quality of housing services for 42,000 tenants during transfer of management from Sheffield Homes to the city council remains a concern, a report has revealed.

Documents for a recent meeting of the council’s Future of Council Housing working party reveal concerns about disruption to services, ‘thereby lowering performance standards and the quality of services’.

Other issues raised include ‘negative impact on the morale of staff – thereby lowering performance and quality’.

And the working party highlighted a lack of consideration of the future of housing maintenance after a current contract with Kier expires in 2014.

“This could lead to the new repairs and maintenance service failing to deliver the outcome required,” the report warns.

The potential impact of all three issues is said to be ‘high’ and with a ‘medium’ likelihood of them happening.

The concerns follow publication of a formerly confidential report to Sheffield Council which said its takeover of housing could put services at risk.

Sheffield Council said it is meeting with housing staff and trade unions monthly to discuss any concerns about the takeover, to ensure standards remain high and morale is kept up.