Council’s housing service recognised by top industry awards

From left, Jim Barker clerk of works DBC, David Barratt DBC,Councillor Margaret Griffiths, Sarah Pickering housing developmnet association, Paul Latimer,Anthony Culley and Andrew Liversidge, all of DENS, at the new hostel in Redbourn Road, Hemel Hempstead
From left, Jim Barker clerk of works DBC, David Barratt DBC,Councillor Margaret Griffiths, Sarah Pickering housing developmnet association, Paul Latimer,Anthony Culley and Andrew Liversidge, all of DENS, at the new hostel in Redbourn Road, Hemel Hempstead
  • Dacorum Borough Council’s Strategic Housing team nominated for prestigious award
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  • Hemel Hempstead MP congratulates local authority on ‘great work

Dacorum Borough Council’s efforts to help tackle homelessness and provide affordable homes has earned it a nomination in the UK Housing Awards.

The local authority has been shortlisted as an outstanding strategic local authority for the 19th annual awards event, which has attracted more then 250 entries throughout the country.

The borough has been recognised for the lead role its Strategic Housing service has taken in delivering change and demonstrating a commitment to preventing homelessness and providing affordable homes for local people.

It is now one of seven left in the running for the Outstanding Strategic Local Authority of the year.

Portfolio holder for housing Margaret Griffiths said: “I am delighted that Strategic Housing have been shorted listed for an award. The housing department is on a journey of continuous improvement to respond better with and to the needs of our residents.

“Nomination for this ward is an external validation that we are on the right track and recognition of all the hard work put in by the department.”

The winners will be revealed at a ceremony in a London Hotel.

Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning congratulated the council on being recognised in this year’s awards.

He said: “Dacorum’s Strategic Housing Group has done some great work in supporting the homeless and managing housing allocations as well as working together with private landlords. With the new council houses and homeless hostel currently under construction, it is clear that Dacorum is leading the way in tackling these complicated issues.”

Emma Maier, editor of Inside Housing which is organising the event alongside the Chartered Institute of Housing added: “The quality of the entries rose again this year so even to get this far is an amazing achievement. In the face of some really stiff competition, Dacorum Borough Council has shown it is performing at the highest level – well done!”

Margaret Griffiths, Dacorum Borough Council portfolio holder for housing

Margaret Griffiths, Dacorum Borough Council portfolio holder for housing

To find out more about the Strategic Housing service and their work, email Natasha Brathwaite, Strategic Housing team leader for property on Natasha.Brathwaite@dacorum.gov.uk or call 01442 228840.

It is clear that Dacorum is leading the way in tackling these complicated issues

Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning
Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning

Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning