On target for affordable homes for rent and new jobs

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3 June 2016

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) has now helped to deliver 243 affordable rented homes towards its target of 1,000 by 2025.

Latest performance figures show the council has enabled 62 new affordable homes to rent in 2015/16, bringing the total since January 2014 to 243 and keeping the council on target to hit 1,000 new affordable homes for rent by 2025.

Councillors are committed to working with developers and builders to encourage affordable homes to tackle the housing shortage. There are currently 2,960 people registered for social rented housing in South Lakeland.  

A report to this week’s (1 June) Cabinet meeting also shows an estimated 206 new jobs have been created in South Lakeland since 2014 towards the long-term target of 1,000 by 2025.

During 2015/16 there were nearly double the number of new jobs created in the district than in 2014/15.

Pay in the district is also increasing, with the report highlighting that there has been an overall improvement in earnings by residence since 2010, particularly in full-time pay for both men and women.

The performance monitoring report assesses how well SLDC is doing against its priorities for the economy, housing, environment, and health and wellbeing.

The report notes the progress being made on the ongoing expansion of plastic and cardboard kerbside recycling, with 40% of properties in South Lakeland already receiving the service and the authority on track to have every home in the district getting plastic and card collections by the end of the financial year.

This has helped contribute to a reduction in the amount of residual household waste being collected, although the report does point to a slight reduction in overall recycling rates for the last year as a result of the council’s collection of an extra 600 tonnes of flood damaged waste following the impact of Storm Desmond.

The percentage of food businesses rated as five star with the National Hygiene Rating Scheme continues to improve each year, up from 66% in 2013/14 to 78% in 2015/16, while the council’s environmental health officers have responded to 98% of all health and safety requests within the five-day target (up from 93% in 2014/15), despite the unprecedented levels of flood recovery work that has also been managed by the team.

Other successes include the number of complaints received by the council reducing from 124 in 2014/15 to 118 in 2015/16, set against an annual 3.2 million customer interactions, and the number of minor planning applications completed within the eight-week target hitting 95% in the last quarter, the highest rate for four years and up from 80.3% in the corresponding quarter last year.

Councillor Sue Sanderson, SLDC Portfolio Holder for Council Organisation and People, said: “The new figures show we are continuing to make progress in our ambitious plans to enable at least 1,000 new jobs and 1,000 affordable homes to rent by 2025.

“We will continue to work with housing associations and private housing developers to meet our target.

“We need to retain young people in South Lakeland and to achieve that we have to help create well-paid jobs and somewhere they can afford to live.

“Protecting the environment and improving the health and wellbeing of our residents are also key priorities and we will continue to make South Lakeland the best place to live, work and explore.”

Full details of the latest performance measures are contained in the Council Plan Performance Monitoring (Quarter 4) report to Cabinet: http://democracy.southlakeland.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=121&MId=3765


For more information, please contact the SLDC Communications Team on 01539 793300.