Hackney Council s housing chief to be Scrutinised

With national changes to social housing and the way new homes are being built, Hackney Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Housing will be in the spotlight at the Cabinet Question Time debate on 25 October.

Cllr Philip Glanville will be questioned by the Overview and Scrutiny Board at Hackney Town Hall, about specific areas of housing such as the Decent Homes programme, approach to estates maintenance, and how the social housing waiting list is being addressed.

Cllr Simche Steinberger, Chair of the Overview & Scrutiny Board: “We’re continuing to find this approach an effective way to maintain transparency and ensure council performance improves.”

Cllr Clayeon McKenzie, Scrutiny lead for the Housing Cabinet Question Time: “Social housing reform is progressing at great speed, and it’s important to ensure that the Council is guaranteeing the best possible outcomes for residents. We believe the scrutiny function provides some of the external influence needed to support this.”

The purpose of the new Question Time approach is for lead Cabinet members to demonstrate transparency and accountability in public, focusing on areas of priority, public concern, or poor performance. The Overview and Scrutiny Board will then provide helpful challenge to support their future work.

This is the third Cabinet Question Time, with previous sessions focusing on finance, social care, and support for the voluntary sector. Other Cabinet members will be attending Question Time debates at various points throughout the year. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meetings to listen to the debate. For more information about Overview and Scrutiny at Hackney Council, please visit: