We’re taking part in a consultation to help shape the future of social housing. Our policy, research and new initiatives manager Tony Price explains what it’s all about and how you can get involved.
The Government have published a Social Housing Green Paper setting out their thinking for the future of housing. Ideas in Green Paper’s often end up as legislation or strategy so this gives us a good overview of where the current Government want housing to go.
The Green Paper is wide-ranging and covers a lot of diverse subjects. It does have five principles:
After twelve years with the same employer, Ken, 61, found himself out of work soon after having a stroke. Ken, who grew up in Wellington, also suffers from depression.
“I was sitting on the sofa, wondering what had happened to my life. I’d probably still be there if my brother-in-law hadn’t brought me to the Digital Den in Meole Brace.
Allen Davies has been working for Care Plus since July, providing At Home care in Shropshire. He has been zipping around on two wheels, not four.
“I joined Care Plus in July, having previously worked for another care company. I love my work now; it’s a fantastic place to work.
You can tell that Care Plus is managed by people who have worked in care and understand what it is like to do the job. It’s the little things that make all the difference. For instance I’m given time to travel between care visits and paid for that time.
Neighbourhoods’ director Jan Goode attended the National Housing Federation conference last week when Prime Minister Teresa May announced £2 billion of funding for affordable homes from 2022. In her blog, Jan describes the difference this will make to the Group’s work.
Any significant funding to help secure money for social housing developments is a real boost, including here in the West Midlands.
A very satisfied customer has praised the high-quality finish of a new bathroom we installed.
Sharon Riley has been a Severnside customer for seven years, recently moving into a new home in Shrewsbury.
“I was really pleased with the work,” she said. “It was done to such a professional standard and the new bathroom has given me a sense of happiness. I’m a very happy tenant - thank you.”
Did you know
We fitted 544 new bathrooms in Shropshire and Staffordshire during the last financial year?
As part of our commitment to providing safe homes for customers, we are currently installing life-saving gas safety technology in 12,000 homes across Shropshire and Staffordshire.
We have partnered with technology company, Gas Tag, to use ground-breaking tech that will help to keep families safe from the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.
One of the first people to move into our new River View retirement living community was Thelma. We met up with her to find out how she is settling into her new home.
“I have been ‘retirement living’ for a long time, but this is my first experience of living in this kind of environment.
Commercial director Peter Donovan shares Severn Homes’ success stories.
It has been another stand out year as we continue to offer more choice for home ownership in Staffordshire and Shropshire. This helps to maximise return on the Group's investments by providing sustainable commercial returns and ensuring we have satisfied customers.
We operate as a commercial company within the Group, providing homes for outright sale and the brand is used to market our quality and affordable shared ownership and market rent properties
Property Plus director Stephen Collins explains how the service, which delivers repairs and maintenance work for the Group, has been transformed by excellence and innovation.
Our Fair Landlord approach has revolutionised the way Property Plus works so that we can invest more in our people, properties and customers. Savings of £600,000 per annum are reinvested to bring huge benefits to our repairs and maintenance service.
People and transformation director Louise Wagstaff explains why her colleagues have been a vital part of the Group’s success over the last 12 months.
With over 500 people working for Housing Plus Group, we are a hugely significant employer in Shropshire and Staffordshire.
It’s not just the number that is impressive but the day-to-day work we do.
Neighbourhoods director Jan Goode explains how investment in our homes and support for our customers is creating vibrant communities in Shropshire and Staffordshire.
Severnside Housing and South Staffordshire Housing Association are not-for-profit so every penny is reinvested into our homes and communities.
Care and support director Les Clarke describes how the expansion of services into Shropshire was just one of many successes during an exceptional year.
This has been such a busy period for us that it is only now that we can take a few moments to reflect on how much we have achieved.