presented a report summarising a review into the
subsidised pest control service for Worcester City.
expressed concern about whether households with low incomes
able to afford pest control services in the absence of a
observed that tenants in private and social rented housing
a clause in their tenancy deferring responsibility for
control to the landlord.
Members remained concerned about landlords
taking responsibility and a discussion took place about the
feasibility of recharging landlords for the provision of pest
Members noted the proposal to refer residents
deemed to be in financial hardship to the Discretionary Welfare
Assistance Scheme where applicable with the cost of essential pest
control treatments and queried whether information about the scheme
was readily accessible, especially for those who did not have
English as their first language.
Notes the contents of the report, and in
particular the outcome and conclusions of the review
Recommends that ‘option 2’
from the report: ‘The provision of a ‘subsidised’
pest control service only available to residents who are in receipt
of a qualifying benefit either delivered in house or through a
procured pest control contractor’ be considered on a trial