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FOI 3489

Housing stock

Request

As part of an on-going research project we are undertaking on the size/scope of the private sector delivery of public services, we would like to request some information relating to your operations with third-party providers under the freedom of information act.

1. For the management of Social Housing stock (includes provision of tenancy agreements, collection of rent, repairs and maintenance of current stock etc) - can you please indicate:

(a) the total stock of housing (number of houses) in the local authority in 2011

(b) whether the management of this stock was open to competitive tender (if a proportion was then please indicate what this proportion was (X% of houses or Y% of total expenditure on the management of social housing in the local authority)

(c) who managed the stock of housing in 2011, for example in-house management, housing association, third-part provider etc (if there was more than one entity then please indicate the share of the total stock each entity manages)

2. For Waste management (includes domestic refuse and recycling collection, street cleaning, management of landfill sites etc) - can you please indicate:

(a) Total expenditure with third-party providers for the provision of the service in the local authority in 2011.

(b) If the provision of the service was open for competitive tender in 2011. If a proportion of the service is contracted out, please indicate the split by value terms. (for example, X% of total expenditure on the delivery of the service is open for competitive tender from third-party providers, irrespective of whether a third-party provider was chosen as part of the tender process).

(c) If the service was provided in-house by the local authority or if it was outsourced to a third party provider. If the service provision was mixed, please provide the split between providers by value. (Please note that staff-related pay and wages is to be included within the cost of service provision)



Note: For the purposes of each request, a 'third-party provider' is defined as any non-publicly owned/controlled institution - to include private firms, charities, universities and other non-for-profit but independent bodies, but excludes publicly controlled but arms-length institutions such as Housing Associations.

By 'competitive tender' we mean that the delivery of the service was open for bids from different organisations, for example on supply2.gov.uk, regardless of whether there were no bids received or the final decision was to provide the service in-house.



Response

1. For the management of Social Housing stock (includes provision of tenancy agreements, collection of rent, repairs and maintenance of current stock etc) - can you please indicate:

(a) the total stock of housing (number of houses) in the local authority in 2011
2738

(b) whether the management of this stock was open to competitive tender (if a proportion was then please indicate what this proportion was (X% of houses or Y% of total expenditure on the management of social housing in the local authority)
No

(c) who managed the stock of housing in 2011, for example in-house management, housing association, third-part provider etc (if there was more than one entity then please indicate the share of the total stock each entity manages)
Our stock is managed in house.


2. For Waste management (includes domestic refuse and recycling collection, street cleaning, management of landfill sites etc) - can you please indicate:

(a) Total expenditure with third-party providers for the provision of the service in the local authority in 2011.
Brentwood Borough Council’s Waste Management Services are wholly undertaken by the Council’s DSO.

(b) If the provision of the service was open for competitive tender in 2011. If a proportion of the service is contracted out, please indicate the split by value terms. (for example, X% of total expenditure on the delivery of the service is open for competitive tender from third-party providers, irrespective of whether a third-party provider was chosen as part of the tender process).
Management Services were open for competitive tender in 2011 and the services are wholly undertaken by the Council’s DSO.

(c) If the service was provided in-house by the local authority or if it was outsourced to a third party provider. If the service provision was mixed, please provide the split between providers by value. (Please note that staff-related pay and wages is to be included within the cost of service provision)
See responses to 2(a) and 2(b)