Progress on Caretaking Service Review

Find below an email from the Camden Council Housing Management giving the progress of their review of their caretaking service. Note that this may not apply to you as not many street properties get a caretaking service from the Council – but some do.

Essentially, they have come up with a proposed new caretaking service, and are looking for comments by 21 July 2019. If this affects you, please click on the link to read the full proposal and make comments. Alternatively, provide your comments in plenty of time to the CASP Committee, and we can respond on behalf of our members.

Camden Council

Dear resident

In the winter we asked you what you think about your caretaking service as part of the caretaking and estate cleaning review. We wanted to know what you thought about the caretaking service so that we could find out how to improve the service we provide to you.

Thank you

Over 1,300 tenants and leaseholders from estates and street properties across the borough took part in the review – thank you to everyone who got involved. By sharing your views you are helping to improve your caretaking service for the future.

You told us in the review that you really value your caretaking service but there are some things you would like improved. You’d like your caretakers to be more visible and to know where they are on site, improved window cleaning and better cleaning in and around buildings and estates.

Our proposal

We listened to you and we are again asking for your views. This time we have thought about what you told us and developed a proposal for a new, improved caretaking service. We think that the way to make your caretaking service better is to bring the external estate cleaning service (currently carried out by our contractor Veolia) back into the council and replace the cleaners with caretakers who will be part of the wider council caretaking service.

From the savings on the Veolia contract we would be able to employ 26 more caretakers, increasing the number of caretakers from 170 to 196.

This would create a more joined up local service with caretakers who are more visible to residents, and will ensure the continuous improvement of your caretaking service. We also propose creating additional roles to give the service extra capacity, enabling them to keep your homes cleaner and safer. We will work with residents to agree new standards improving both the quality and consistency of the service.

What do you think?

But have we got it right? Read our full proposal at camden.gov.uk/caretakingreview and tell us what you think – you can have your say in under 10 minutes. Thank you in advance for your feedback which will help to shape how we look after your home.

If you have any questions about the review please email caretakingreview@camden.gov.uk

The consultation closes at midnight on Sunday 21 July 2019.

Parliament: Leasehold & Commonhold Briefing Paper

Last week, Parliament released a briefing paper to update MPs and anyone else on the situation with leasehold reform. The briefing paper is at the link below:

https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-8047

Among other things it says:

  • The use of leasehold is increasing, especially by private developers
  • This is probably not a good thing (although entirely legal)
  • Commonhold, which was supposed to replace leasehold, has not taken off.

Note that ground rent, one of the major issues with private leasehold, is not a problem for Council leaseholders because the Council only charges a peppercorn ground rent.

100 years of social housing

2019 marks the centenary of social housing in Camden. Camden Council are looking for stories to celebrate. See the message below from the Housing News team

We want to build a picture of our social housing stock over the last 100 years and the people who call it home. We’re looking for little known facts, memories, mementos, photographs and real people who can tell Camden’s story from 1919 to 2019 – and we need your help to do it.

Tell us your story. Do you or someone you know have an amazing story that would help to bring the campaign to life? Does your estate or street property have an interesting history? Do you know any anecdotes or trivia about your home or the people who live/d there? Perhaps many generations of your family have lived in the same place, or you’re new to the area and it feels like home already. Whether you’ve lived in Camden for six months or six decades, we want to hear about your experience of living in social housing in Camden.

Send us your pictures. We are looking for photos that show Camden’s social homes over the last century and the people who live in them, so if you have photos that you’d be happy for us to use as part of the campaign we’d love to see them.

To nominate yourself or someone you know to be interviewed for the campaign, submit photos or find out more please email housingnews@camden.gov.uk and please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have other ideas for how you’d like to contribute or get involved with the campaign.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Housing News team