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Leader of the council and cabinet members

Cllr Leo Pollak

Cabinet Member for Housing

To be responsible for the housing in Southwark, including housing management, housing allocations, the housing investment programme and leasehold management. To deliver the council’s housing delivery strategy, including 11,000 new council homes, and establish a Southwark Construction Company to ensure that the council builds more of their own homes, delivering jobs to local people. To lead on the management of the council’s homes, including repairs and major works. Lead on resident participation, empowering more residents to get involved in decisions about their homes.

To lead on improving the quality of private rented homes and reducing the number of empty homes in the borough. To work closely with the Cabinet Member for Social Support & Homelessness regarding the housing needs of vulnerable adults. To deliver estate renewal programmes that benefit communities and to give local residents the tools they need to improve their own estates.

The cabinet member will have particular responsibility for:

  • Housing Strategy (working with the Cabinet Members for Social Support and Homelessness and for Climate Emergency, Planning & Transport) 
  • New council homes
  • New older people’s, sheltered and extra care homes
  • Estate renewal programmes, including Aylesbury, Ledbury, Tustin and Abbeyfield (working with the Cabinet Member for Communities & Equalities)  
  • Housing allocations and lettings
  • Management of the council’s homes
  • Council housing asset management strategy & investment programme, including embedding the Great Estates programme and initiatives
  • Working with council tenants, residents & homeowners (working with the Cabinet Members for Communities & Equalities & for Climate, Change, Planning and Transport) 
  • Housing repairs & major works
  • Homeowners services
  • Southwark Construction Company
  • Private rented housing, including licencing & the renters union 
  • Empty homes  and underoccupation
  • Short term-lets
  • Moorings, marinas & associated infrastructure (working with the Cabinet Member for Leisure, Environment & Roads)  
  • Relationship with housing associations 

Cllr Leo Pollak's contact details

Page last updated: 28 September 2020

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