Leader of the council and cabinet members

Councillor Darren Merrill

Cabinet Member for Council Homes and Homelessness

Cllr Merrill will work to deliver the council’s housing strategy, He is responsible for council housing in Southwark, including housing management, the housing investment programme leasehold management.  As well as our work to build thousands of new council homes. Cllr Merrill leads on the council’s work on homelessness, temporary accommodation and supported housing, working to end rough sleeping in Southwark.

Cllr Merrill will be responsible for delivering our commitment to:

  • start at least 1,000 more council homes by 2026
  • start building 500 homes for key workers 
  • build new council homes for older people
  • increase support for council tenants if you want to downsize 
  • launch a Good Lettings Agency
  • guarantee support to everyone who is on the street in Southwark to access a home of their own 
  • campaign for the government action needed to end rough sleeping for good
  • ensuring repairs to council homes are done right the first time
  • clear the backlog of repairs that have resulted from the pandemic within one year
  • launch a new resident-led repairs board to oversee progress
  • deliver major improvements to the Aylesbury, Tustin, Ledbury and Abbeyfield estates
  • provide more support to start a Tenants and Residents Association or to run key services on your estate 
  • provide free independent advice and mediation for council leaseholders 
  • support homeowners affected by the Cladding Crisis
  • make all of our future council homes projects net zero council homes
  • piloting Southwark’s first ‘Passive House’ council homes
  • make our existing council homes warmer and greener
  • take a zero tolerance approach to empty homes and use all our powers to bring more long-term empty homes back into use

Cllr Merrill will have wider responsibility for:

  • Southwark’s Housing Strategy 
  • management of the council’s homes, including sheltered and extra care homes
  • council housing repairs and major works services 
  • delivery of new council homes, including older people’s homes
  • tenant and homeowner involvement, including relationships with Tenants and Resident Associations (TRAs) and Tenant Management Organisations (TMOs) 
  • services and advice for council tenants, leaseholders and freeholders
  • maintenance of tenants and residents' halls and related facilities on our estates
  • housing allocations and lettings
  • management of council owned temporary accommodation 
  • homes for Gypsy, Roma and traveller communities
  • housing fire safety, cladding and remediation
  • relationship with housing associations 
  • tackling empty homes and absentee landlords

Page last updated: 20 September 2022

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