North of Scotland Regional Network 1 - Minutes - 08 January 2021

Minute of North of Scotland Regional Network 1

Meeting held on Friday, 8th January 2021 at 10.00 a.m.

via Zoom

 

Present:

 

Cameron Grant

Vice Chair

CG

Leonora Montgomery

Secretary/Treasurer

LHM

Steve Byrne

Committee Member

SB

Colin Stewart

Committee Member

CS

Gerald Low

Committee Member

GL

Alasdair Mackenzie

Committee Member (from 10.29)

AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan McLellan

Scottish Government

SM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apologies:/Absent:

Bill Chapman

Chair

Absent

Patricia Millar

Committee Member

Apologies

Tom O’Brien

Committee Member

Apologies

Derek Wilkie

Committee Member

Absent

Ruth Fraser

Committee Member

Absent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item

 

Action

 

1.

 

 

 

Welcome, Apologies and Declarations of Interest

All were welcomed to the first Meeting of the year and Apologies were given as stated.

LHM advised that she had received a Letter of Resignation from PM but

would speak about this under Matters Arising.

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

 

 

CG

 

LHM

 

CS

 

2. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minute of Meeting held on 20th November 2020 and Matters Arising

 

This was proposed by SB and seconded by CS as an accurate

record of the Meeting.

 

Matters Arising

 

Item 4 –

• How are Landlords involving their Tenant/Tenant Groups in

  Consultations – Following last month’s Meeting, PM sent a Letter of

  Complaint to Angus Council re the current situation and concluded with

  her resignation as both Chair and Member of her Tenant Group.  This

  resulted in an acknowledgement of her resignation but no answers to

  her complaint.  Because of said Resignation, as she was no longer a

  member of any Tenant Group, PM, with regret, resigned from the

  Regional Network.  She also wrote a Letter of Complaint to the Housing

  Minister and to date, she is still waiting a reply.  SM advised that she  

  had received both PM and the other Tenant’s Letters of Complaint from

  the Minister’s Office to reply to and this she has done to both.  When

  SM contacted Angus Council re this situation they stated that they had

  done everything they could to include both Members who stated that

  they did not want to be contacted.  SM stated that there was nothing

  the Regional Network could do regarding this situation.  CS advised

  that RF was also left without a Group as Aberdeenshire Council had

  restructured their TP.  SM is therefore going to contact RF to ascertain

  the current situation.

• HRA Scrutiny  - LHM asked if their had been any progress in

  obtaining the Questions required for this and SM advised that this was

  ongoing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LHM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SM

 

 

LHM

3.

 

 

 

 

 

Treasurer’s Report

 

LHM advised that as there had been no expenditure during November

and December 2020 the Bank Account Balance remains at £1,651.40 Cr

and as she purchased 12 x Second Class Stamps at a cost of £7.80 the 

Petty Cash Balance for both months is £24.25 Cr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LHM

4.

 

Business Matters

 

• Age, Home and Community Group Report – SB advised that there

  still had been no Meeting but he was going to raise with the Chair of

  the Group the situation regarding some rural Communities receiving

  a letter from BT stating that if they wished their Broadband speed to

  be increased they would have to pay a six figure sum each for this to

  be carried out.  We await to hear more on this.

• Website Update – CS advised that he has another Meeting next week

  re a couple of additional issues.  There will also be a Meeting with all

  Regions at the end of the month to decide who will be the

  Representative from each to update the Website.

• Chairs and Secretaries Group Update – LHM stated that this will  

  take place on the 2nd February 2021 and the next two in line to be

  Observers were AM and GL.  Both confirmed that they would attend.

• SHR Liaison Group Report – CG advised that the pre-meeting took

  place earlier this week (5th) where we discussed Suspension of Covid

  19 Returns/Annual Assurance Statements and Monthly Dashboard. 

  The Meeting with the SHR will be on the 19th January 2021 where we

   look forward to hearing their plans for 2021.  LHM asked for area

   updates to enable her to forward these to Kelda prior to the Meeting. 

   These were duly received.

• Communications Group – SB attended this where the production of  

  an Annual Newsletter was discussed and this will be one for all

  Regions with each having one Page.  Region 1 has been asked to

  produce an article on the SHR/RN Liaison Group and SB has already

  contacted CG to write this.  Next Meeting is on 27th January 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SB

 

 

 

CS

 

 

LHM

 

 

CG

 

 

 

LHM

 

 

 

 

SB/CG

5.

A.O.C.B.

GL wanted to raise the issue of Perth and Kinross Council finally

  contacting some of their Tenants at the end of November 2020

  regarding the Rent Consultation.  GL is concerned by the situation as

  he and several others feel they are trying to run down TP as

  telephone calls continue to be unanswered.  We await an update on

  this at our next Meeting.

CS raised the issue of the AGM taking place in May 2021.  This will be

  on our next Meeting’s Agenda for discussion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GL

 

ALL

6.

Date, Time and Venue of Next Meeting –

 

Friday, 5th March 2021 at 10.00 a.m. via Zoom.

 

 

 

 

ALL

 

 
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