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Joint Rent Group 

The Joint Rent Group was set up to assess how well the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) meets Government Guidance and delivers value for money for tenants.

Due to the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic ,The Joint Rent Group  has reconvened and have been using zoom to conduct their meetings.  It is made up of tenant volunteers, housing and finance staff and the Housing Convener , Councillor Diane Docherty.

If you would like to get involved please contact Jane Mack on 01389 737281, 0798 354 2993 or by email to jane.mack@west-dunbarton.gov.uk.

2020 Meeting Dates

2020 Meeting Notes

Thurs 20 August 2020

Thurs 20 February 2020

Thurs 23 January 2020

2019 Meeting Notes

Thurs 20 June 2019

Capital Programme Meeting 13 June 2019

Thurs 16 May 2019

Thurs 18 April 2019 

Thurs 21 February 2019

Thurs 10 January 2019

Thurs 15 August 2019

Thurs 12 September 2019

Thurs 10 October 2019

Thurs 28 November 2019

Thurs 19 December 2019

2018 Meeting Notes

Wed 14 November 2018

Wed 24 October 2018

Fri  12 October 2018

Thur 25 January 2018

Mon 12 March 2018

Mon 5 April 2018

Thur 3 May 2018

Thur 7 June 2018

Thur 2 August 2018

Previous meeting notes

2016

2017

Financial transparency is important for staff managing services to know what their service costs are to improve efficiencies. It’s equally important to tenants to ensure that for their rent money, they are getting the best service possible.

The Scottish Housing Network provided some training for the group on the HRA Guidance and also on carrying out a self assessment of a HRA to help participants understand this complex area of Housing finance.

The outcomes from the self-assessment of the HRA will also have an impact on how we carry out next year rent consultation, and help identify where tenants need to be more involved in the decision making that has a direct impact on factors that affect the level rents are set at.

There are 6 tenant volunteers on the Joint Rent Group who are all active members of Tenant & Resident Associations and in particular the WDTRO, which is the umbrella organisation for groups and they will share information from the Joint Rent Group with their own groups.  We are also committed to ensure all tenants can keep up to date with progress on the work of the group, and will keep this section up dated with meeting notes and information.    

The HRA Guidance (PDF 1479KB) provides tenants with a valuable tool as sets out clearly the key principles that HRA’s should follow.  

We have continued to improve the transparency around how the HRA is spent and this methodology sets out how costs are calculated.