Agenda and draft minutes

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No. Item


Apologies for absence

To receive any apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence had been received from Councillor Lintern.


Notes from previous meeting pdf icon PDF 773 KB

To confirm as a correct record the notes from the previous meeting.


The notes from the meeting held on 13 November 2024 were agreed as a correct record.


Matters arising


There were no matters arising.


Declarations of interest pdf icon PDF 131 KB

Please indicate if there are any interests which should be declared.  A declaration of an interest should indicate the nature of the interest (if not already declared on the Register of Interests) and the agenda item to which it relates.  If a disclosable pecuniary interest is declared, the Member should withdraw from the room whilst the matter is discussed.


These declarations apply to all Members present, whether the Member is part of the meeting, attending to speak as a local Member of an item or simply observing the meeting.


There were no declarations of interest.


Urgent Business

To consider any business which, by reason of special circumstances, the Chair proposes to accept as urgent under Section 100(b)(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972.


There was no urgent business to report.


Members attending under Standing Order 34

Members wishing to speak pursuant to Standing Order 34 should inform the Chair of their intention to do so and on what items they wish to be heard before a decision on that item is taken.


There were no Members present pursuant to Standing Order 34.


Chair's correspondence


There was no Chair’s correspondence to report.


Update on the timetable for the review of the Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Strategy pdf icon PDF 108 KB


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The Housing Strategy Officer updated the Task Group on the timeline to produce the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy.  He advised that there was a requirement to publish the Strategy every five years.  The last Strategy was published in January 2020 and there was a deadline to publish the next one by January 2025.


There were two dual pressures that needed to be taken into account.


1.           Clear need to work at pace; and

2.           Additional need to get things right – this was something that came out of the work that was carried out to review the level of homeless provision in the Borough and with this in mind the timeline was being extended towards publishing the Strategy.


He explained that he wanted to introduce three things:


·        Greater emphasis on lived experience

·        Wider net of contributors

·        Check-back stage.


The Task Group noted the next steps for the adoption of the Strategy.


AGREED:       That the report be noted.






Update on Homelessness Figures pdf icon PDF 301 KB


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The Hosing Strategy Officer took the opportunity to thank the Housing Data Analyst for putting together the figures for the Task Group.


The Housing Strategy Officer provided an update to the Task Group and provided information in relation to:


·        The number of people sleeping rough in King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, nationally (excluding London) and London Borough.


It was noted that the number of reported rough sleepers throughout the month continued to remain comparatively low, despite an increase in support needs and pressures around move-on accommodation.


·        The number of approaches for assistances


·        Accommodation options


It was explained that there was a significant delay in accessing long-term accommodation, which was causing households to remain in the first and second stage of accommodation for longer periods of time.


-        Housing first - lack of available properties

-        Social Housing – lack of properties made available by housing associations, increased need in the borough.

-        Private rented – increased difficulty in accessing due to affordability and lack of supply.


There had been a 41% decrease in available housing (2021-2023) and a 325% increase in households with a Full Housing Duty owed awaiting social housing (2021-2023).

The Chair asked with regards to rough sleeping whether the Council were seeing people coming into the Borough from other areas. In response it was explained that this was something that required further analysis.  To illustrate, the two people recorded as sleeping rough at the 2023 national rough sleeping snapshot had both arrived at the borough shortly before the night of the snapshot estimate.

Councillor Mrs Spikings asked whether the figures took into account people sleeping in cars. In response it was explained that the way which Purfleet Trust, who operated the outreach service, carried out a daily sweep of areas where they considered that there would likely be people sleeping rough and information was relied on from CCTV and from members of the public, who could report this via Streetlink which was a national website.  A report then went through to the local authority who could send out their outreach service.


Councillor Mrs Spikings asked how many people would know about Streetlink?  In response it was explained that this needed to be considered as part of the Strategy and how to engage with people about rough sleeping.  The Housing Strategy Officer acknowledged that there was work to be done in this area. 


The Housing Strategy Manager explained that there was also a lot of multi-agency working across statutory and voluntary services, which the Council worked with in terms of making sure that information was shared and vulnerable people were not sleeping in cars, etc.   Streetlink was publicised and more work needed to be done as part of the emerging strategy.


In response to a question from Councillor Mrs Collop, the Housing Services Manager provided an update on the properties at Reid Way.  A full report would be provided to the Task Group at the next meeting.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.


Updating of Terms of Reference pdf icon PDF 130 KB

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The Housing Strategy Manager explained that updating the Terms of Reference had been an action from the previous meeting.


She advised that under the membership of the Task Group, it should read seven members.


AGREED:       That the revised Terms of Reference be agreed with the amendment noted above.


Date of next meeting

To be arranged when required.


The next meeting would be arranged when required.


The Housing Strategy Manager advised that there would be a monthly data report sent to the Task Group and a meeting of the Group held quarterly.