North of Scotland Regional Network 1 - Minutes - 03 September 2021

Minute of North of Scotland Regional Network 1

Meeting held on Friday, 3rd September 2021 at 11.00 a.m.

via Zoom

 

Present:

Colin Stewart

Chair

CS

Leonora Montgomery

Secretary/Treasurer

LHM

Steve Byrne

Committee Member

SB

Gerald Low

Committee Member

GL

Derek Wilkie

Committee Member

DW

Tom O’Brien

Committee Member

TO

Liz Richardson

Committee Member

LR

Sue Mcaleaney

Committee Member

SMca

 

 

 

 

In attendance:

Susan McLellan

Scottish Government

SMcL

 

 

 

 

Apologies:/Absent:

Alasdair Mackenzie

Vice Chair

Apologies

Cameron Grant

Committee Member

Absent

 

 

 

 

 

Item

 

Action

1.

 

 

Welcome, Apologies and Declarations of Interest

CS welcomed all to the Meeting and gave Apologies as stated.

Declarations of Interest – CS gave his for being on the SHR Board.

 

 

CS

 

2. 

 

 

 

 

 

Minute of Meeting held on 9th July 2021

This was proposed by SB and seconded by GL as an accurate record

of the Meeting.

Matters Arising

None.

 

 

 

 

CS

3.

 

 

 

 

Treasurer’s Report

LHM advised that as there had been no expenditure during July and

August the Bank Account Balance remains at £1,651.40 Cr and the

Petty Cash Balance remains at £16.33 Cr.

 

 

 

LHM

4.

 

Business Matters

• Age, Home and Community Group Report – SM stated that since

  our last Meeting she has had no update on the new format.

• Website Update – CS advised that it was being kept updated

  however, as the Scottish Government had changed the developers,

  the subscription service was still outstanding.  Annabel (Hoatson) is

  going to speak to the new Company about this and CS advised that he

  had found a way to do this himself, if required.

• Chairs and Secretaries Group Report – LHM advised that most of

  the items discussed were on our Agenda today and we had Tony Cain

  of the Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers (ALACHO)

  give a presentation on the main issues impacting on Social Housing.

  Tony was delighted to accept the Group’s invitation to attend all their

  Meetings and suggested that the Group should also invite a

  Representative from the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities

  (COSLA) to our Meetings also.  TP Team to take forward.

• SHR Liaison Group Update – LHM advised that they discussed the

  National  Panel Report on Covid19 which had a 60% response.  SHR

  also advised that they are always looking for additional Panel Members

  and those interested can find details on their Website.  We also

  received updates on the Covid19 quarterly returns; SHR Board

  Statutory Action and Engagement Plans; future Publications and

  Events; and encouraged us all to complete the Charter Response.  We

  updated them on what was happening in our Regions and also

  highlighted our concern regarding the shortage of supplies for planned

  maintenance programmes.  They are aware of this and advised that

  some Landlords have also got this on their radar.

• Communications Group Report – SB advised that the Draft

  Newsletter was progressing and the next Meeting will be on the 6th

  October 2021.

• Rent Focus Group Report – Meeting on 26th August 2021 was

  cancelled however, SMcL advised that there is a lot for this sub-Group

  to consider and in order to bring it all together, they are awaiting a

  Report on research carried out by the Scottish Government in

  collaboration with TPAS (Tenant Participation Advisory Service) and

  CIH (Chartered Institute of Housing).

• HRA Group Report – Meeting is next Wednesday (8th) when they will

  have Mary MacCallum from the Scottish Government in attendance to

  compare the Housing1987 Act with the Guidance of 2014. 

• Questions for Meeting with the Housing Minister – CS advised that

  he and LR had attended the pre-Meeting on Wednesday (1st) and

  Questions were being written up for the Meeting on 21st September

  2021.

 

 

 

SMcL

 

 

 

 

CS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LHM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LHM

 

 

SB

 

 

 

 

 

SMcL

 

 

SMcL

 

 

 

CS

5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A.O.C.B.

• Prospective New Member - LHM advised that she had been

  contacted by the TP Officer of Albyn Housing in Invergordon stating

  that one of her Tenants was still interested in joining the Group.  This

  comes under Highland Region and as we already have two

  Representatives, LHM suggested that we ask him along as an

  Observer to our next Meeting so he can learn more about the

  Regional Networks and we can discuss things fully with him.  All

  agreed so LHM to send email to TP Officer stating this.

• National Report on SSHC and Zest Report – CS advised that he had

posted both of these on Basecamp just before the Meeting and both

  make interesting reading!

• Broadband Expansion – SB advised that he too had posted this on

  Basecamp just before the Meeting.

• Perth and Kinross Council – GL advised that they were going to be

  starting the HRA Meetings up again which will be face-to-face with

  measures in place.

• Angus Council – Their first Tenants’ Meeting will take place later this

  month.

• Regional Network Meetings – These will continue as at present and

  will probably be ‘blended’ in the future.  Staff might be allowed back

  into the Office soon, with restrictions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LHM

 

 

CS

 

SB

 

 

GL

 

TO

 

 

SMcL

6.

Date and Time of Next Meeting –

Friday, 29th October 2021 at 10.00 a.m. via Zoom.

 

 

 

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