The Redditch Housing Stock Condition Survey (This involves ALL homes, not just those owned by RBC)

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Dear Redditch Borough Council,

INTRODUCTION
Bromsgrove District Council and RBC have commissioned a study ... "so that they can have a better understanding of the condition of peoples' homes".
This survey, which has two stages, is being done by 'Opinion Research Services'.

QUESTIONS
1.How much money has RBC (and Bromsgrove District Council) spent on commissioning this survey being done by OPINION RESEARCH SERVICES?
Kindly provide full details, for example, is the cost just a simple 50% paid by each council?
Or, for example, is the cost based on the number of homes/houses in each of the councils' areas?

2.The survey is based on a selection at random from a list of private addresses held by the Royal Mail; so, what criteria was used to select addresses in each of the council areas?
For example, if postcodes were used, in what way(s) were they used?

3.What is the total cost (with details) for this entire exercise including:
(i) the payments made to the surveyors used to inpect properties?
(ii) the salary of the Private Sector Housing Manager who is running this project?

4. The expected, and actual response from residents in both council areas from those willing to participate in survey/study.

5. Why is only a £20 voucher offered as an incentive to those willing to participate?

Thank you.
Yours faithfully,

P. Bladon
(and COLLEAGUES)

PLEASE NOTE - a similar F of I request has been sent to Bromsgrove District Council.

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Dear P Bladon,

 

Thank you for your recent Information request. I can now offer you the
following information:

 

1.How much money has RBC (and Bromsgrove District  Council) spent on
commissioning this survey being done by OPINION RESEARCH SERVICES?

Kindly provide full details, for example, is the cost just a simple 50%
paid by each council?

Or, for example, is the cost based on the number of homes/houses in each
of the councils' areas?

 Contributions towards the Stock Condition Survey

a.    Bromsgrove District Council’s - £29,800

b.    Redditch Borough Council’s - £29,800

c.     The total project cost is £178,800.00 which has been split equally
between the six Worcestershire local authorities.

 

2.The survey is based on a selection at random from a list of private
addresses held by the Royal Mail; so, what criteria was used to select
addresses in each of the council areas?

For example, if postcodes were used, in what way(s) were they used?

The project requirements are to write to households and carry out 250
physical surveys.  Addresses were chosen randomly by Opinion Research
Services

 

3.What is the total cost (with details) for this entire exercise
including:

(i) the payments made to the surveyors used to inpect properties?

(ii) the salary of the Private Sector Housing Manager who is running this
project?

 Cost to run service

a.    Surveyors are paid £60.00 per survey

b.    Worcester City Council is the lead authority for the project and no
additional costs are incurred for the monitoring of the project.

 

4. The expected, and actual response from residents in both council areas
from those willing to participate in survey/study. The project is not
complete therefore final figures are unable to be produced, however the
expected returns are between 10-20%

 

5. Why is only a £20 voucher offered as an incentive to those willing to
participate? Budget constraints restrict the incentive to £20 per survey

 

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Email: [4][email address]

Bromsgrove District Council Redditch Borough Council

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Market Street, Walter Stranz Square,

Bromsgrove, Redditch,

Worcestershire B61 8DA Worcestershire B98 8AH

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P. Bladon left an annotation ()

Just to highlight a few things in the reply:-
*ONLY 250 surveys - is this a representative sample?
*£60 paid to every surveyor per survey - which MIGHT involve only a very quick visit.
* " Budget constraints restrict it to [only] £20 per survey" paid to the resident/tenant/owner.

PB and Colleagues.

P. Bladon left an annotation ()

The additional information below ** has been provided to me by the PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSING MANAGER at
Bromsgrove District and Redditch Borough Councils

**A Stock Condition Survey is required under section 605 of the Housing Act 1985, as amended by the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.
Local Authorities are obliged to consider the condition of the stock within their area.
The purpose of the statutory responsibilities is to deal with unfit housing and to provide assistance with renewal.
We have procured Opinion Research Services to undertake a Worcestershire Stock Condition Survey on behalf of all 6 Worcestershire Authorities.
The total project cost is £178,800 which is split equally between each of the six local authorities (£28,900 for each local authority).