Southend Labour councillor David Norman, the executive member for Housing, Planning, and Regulatory Services, has announced that he will be recommending to the cabinet that Southend Borough Council extend the contract to South Essex Homes to manage the Council's housing stock for a further three years.
Cllr Norman said, "The Council needs to decide how best to manage its housing into the future, including the future of South Essex Homes. However this needs to be done in the context of an increasingly uncertain economic climate. The recent announcements in the June budget on public sector housing and the uncertainties ahead of the Autumn comprehensive Spending Review make long term planning difficult.
"Having served on the South Essex Homes Board for over 10 years I am well aware of the good service that it has given to residents. Our task now is to ensure that it is shaped and equipped to meet the demands of the future for the benefit of residents and our town as a whole."
"This recommendation will give South Essex Homes a level of certainty to operate over that period, whilst also providing some assurance for local tenants and leaseholders"