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Executive post


Housing and Employment Portfolio Holder


The Portfolio Holder for Housing and Employment is responsible for the development and delivery of the Council’s housing services, the private rental sector and the provision of affordable homes, including:


·                     To develop and implement policies and strategies for the provision and improvement of housing in the Borough;


·                     To develop and deliver the Housing Ambition Plan;


·                     To maximise opportunities to engage residents in the development and delivery of all housing services and that regular opportunities exist to test tenant and leaseholder satisfaction to ensure that feedback is used to improve services;


·                     Working closely with the Portfolio Holder for Finance to ensure the HRA remains viable and provides value for money;


·                     To recommend variations in rent levels;


·                     To ensure that residents can readily access housing services and that customers are empowered to make the best of their housing situation;


·                     To ensure that housing services know its customer profile and tailors its services accordingly;


·                     To ensure that all services to tenants are set out with clear standards;


·                     To ensure accommodation provision for households in need, through Council provision, or in consort with Housing Associations and developers;


·                     To ensure that temporary accommodation is provided for the homeless and those in urgent need of housing;


·                     To ensure an assessment of future housing needs within the Borough is regularly taken and informs future services;


·                     To lead on the maintenance, repair and improvement of the Council’s housing stock;


·                     To lead on the development of high standard services to Council tenants and leaseholders;


·                     To promote satisfactory standards in housing accommodation in the private sector and ensure enforcement actions are taken as appropriate;


·                     Working jointly with other Portfolio Holders to oversee the development of a strategy to support social inclusion in the provision of local housing;


·                     To develop and deliver the Council’s Housing Strategy in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regeneration;


·                     To work with private landlords, housing associations and developers to ensure that opportunities for the provision of affordable housing are maximised;


·                     Grow Help 2 Let with the aim of making it a market leader in the private rental sector;


·                     Develop the Council’s letting agency to provide affordable and good quality Private Rental Units across the Borough;


·                     To ensure the effective administration of Housing Benefits;


·                     To work with the Portfolio Holder for Finance & Commercialisation on relevant commercial opportunities within the Portfolio;


·                     To ensure that the Council is meeting its commitments and strategies within the Portfolio, as set out in the Corporate Plan;


·                     Lead on developing upcoming policy and existing policy within the Portfolio.


To promote apprenticeships, training and jobs across the Borough, particularly for our young people, this includes:


·                     Working with our economic development team to create training opportunities that match with the demands of local employers;


·                     Ensure that Harrow’s residents are given every opportunity to benefit from employment opportunities arising from local developments;


·                     That the council creates training opportunities for the long term unemployed and people with a disability or a mental health condition;


·                     To ensure that young people in the Borough have the skills and opportunities they need to start a career.


(Note:  Full details of the Portfolio Holder for Housing and Environment’s responsibilities can be found on page 28 of Part 3A of the Council's Constitution).


Portfolio Holder Decisions taken by the Portfolio Holder for Housing and Employment can be found on the Portfolio Holder for Housing and Employment’s Decisions webpage.