The Deputy said his committee supported the principle behind Deputy Alan Breckon’s proposal, which would see responsibility transferred from Housing’s estates section to a limited liability company wholly owned by the States.And the committee had themselves suggested that the Housing Department as a whole should be incorporated, he pointed out, thus separating the States’ role as both provider and regulator of social housing and achieving Deputy Breckon’s aim.
However, Deputy Le Main said that none of this was possible until the States were working within a ministerial system.Deputy Breckon’s proposal was lodged with the States this week and seeks the establishment of a management company and board to look after the 4,500 units.
The proposal would include the transfer of staff from Housing’s estates section to the company.Deputy Le Main said his committee had no choice but to oppose the proposal.
‘It is premature,’ he said.
‘We have too many things to do at the moment to get involved in this and we’re not ready for the amount of work necessary to put this in place.’Deputy Le Main also criticised the proposed composition of the management board.
Deputy Breckon has suggested the board comprises up to six tenants’ representatives or their nominees, up to six States Members, and up to six other people with relevant experience.Deputy Le Main said that he was ‘horrified’ at the idea of a management board comprising up to 18 people.’He comes up with all these weird and wonderful ideas which never normally see the light of day because of all sorts of implications,’ said Deputy Le Main.