Kettering Borough Council shortlisted for national award
Kettering Borough Council has been shortlisted for a prestigious award from the Local Government Chronicle in the Housing Initiative category
The LGC Awards, the biggest and most prestigious awards ceremony for the local government sector, have recognised Kettering’s efforts to reduce tenancy breakdown in Council housing.
Initiatives such as a tenancy support service, a ‘LifePlan’ project, welcome meetings, an intensive programme of home visits for new tenants, and a ‘Tenant Passport’ have helped bring a reduction in the number of tenancies ending within the first year, by 44%. The Council has also seen a noticeable reduction in the number of tenancies ending as a result of rent arrears, from 30 in 2013/14 compared to 13 in 2016/17.
Nearly 100 organisations have been shortlisted as finalists in the coveted awards, which recognise the best of local government innovation and service delivery. The winners of the awards will be announced at a ceremony at Grovesnor House in London on 21st March 2018. The full list of finalists can be found at awards.lgcplus.com
John Conway, Head of Housing at Kettering Borough Council, said:
“We are really proud to be nominated as a finalist in this category given the stiff competition from other councils from across the country. We work hard to help tenants to maintain their tenancies and keep a roof over their heads, and we’re delighted that our work is having a positive impact on the lives of so many of our tenants.”
Cllr Mark Rowley, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing, Communications and Youth, said:
“It is an honour to be a finalist in the Housing Initiative category, recognising our commitment to tenants across our Borough. We are always looking to find innovative projects to improve the services we provide. We have a great team of officers who deserve this sort of recognition for their hard work and imaginative ideas which improve our services for tenants”.