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Leader of the council and cabinet members

Councillor Darren Merrill

Cabinet member for Council Homes (paternity leave)

Cllr Merril’s responsibilities include:

  • Management of the council’s homes – including council homes, sheltered and extra care homes, council owned temporary accommodation, high needs hostels and homes and sites for Gypsy, Roma and traveller communities
  • Residents' involvement and services - including services and advice for council tenants, leaseholders and freeholders and support for Tenants and Resident Associations and Tenant Management Organisations
  • Housing maintenance - including repairs and major works; heat networks; communal repairs; gas and electrical safety and refurbishment of voids
  • Fire safety - ensuring council homes meet fire safety standards and leading the council’s work on fire safety, cladding and remediation for private sector and housing association residential buildings
  • Housing allocations - oversight of the council’s Housing Solutions Service and the allocation of council homes, housing association, social rent and key worker homes to Southwark residents
  • Renewal of the Aylesbury, Tustin, Ledbury and Abbeyfield estates - working with residents to deliver new and improved homes and estates (working with the Cabinet Member for New Homes and Sustainable Development)
  • Tenants and residents' halls - including their maintenance, ongoing improvement and ensuring they are the best possible facilities for residents of our estates and broader community

Page last updated: 20 July 2023


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