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Cabinet member for Housing
Councillor Linda Hobson was first elected to Newcastle City Council in 2011. She is the Labour Councillor for Blakelaw Ward where she grew up.
A critical care nurse by profession, Linda is an elected trade union official, holding a number of roles within UNISON, including deputy Regional Conveyor.
Linda was previously the Cabinet Member for Adult Services and is now Cabinet member for Housing. Through her Cabinet role Linda will ensure that Newcastle delivers on the belief that “everyone should have the right to a decent home”. As such, Linda will be working with key partners and stakeholders on our key priorities:
- Further develop new schemes offering supported housing across the city, preventing them from being sold under right to buy and providing quality accommodation for residents who may have been placed outside the city, in institutional settings away from their family and support networks to meet their needs.
- Support initiatives such as ‘Street Zero’ to move towards a ‘Housing First’ approach. We will continue to provide outreach support for rough sleepers in the city.
- Explore with health partners how we might ensure homes are warm by improving insulation and replacing boilers to meet up-to-date standards and help improve the health and wellbeing of residents.
- Work with partners from North of Tyne on a Housing devolution deal that works for us all, ensures residents have choices that are decent, safe and appropriate to meet needs for rent or to buy.
- Develop and prepare to implement a Selective Licensing scheme that is appropriate for the city and improves the quality of housing in the private rented sector to protect tenants.
- Continue to assess the feasibility of establishing an organisation to manage private sector rented housing to a higher standard of housing condition and tenants’ rights.
- Find new ways to give private sector tenants a voice in decision-making, bringing renters together to support one another and campaign for better conditions.
Housing delivery and management
- Fairer Housing Unit
- New house building programme
- Your Homes Newcastle
- HMO Licensing policy
- Private landlords and tenants
- Homelessness and homelessness prevention
- Housing-related enforcement
Leading on Housing Policy within the Devolution Deal.
PA to Councillor Linda Hobson – Lynn Bryden
Telephone: 0191 2777101