The next stage of merger: bringing together the housing associations

In March 2016, we consulted with you about a proposed merger between our parent company (Affinity Sutton Group) and Circle Anglia Limited (known as Circle Housing Group).

Following that consultation, in November 2016, Clarion Housing Group was formed. With over 125,000 homes, the Group is now the largest UK housing group, which enables us to make better use of our combined resources including improvement of our repairs services and investing more into improving your homes, neighbourhoods and communities.

We are now proposing to combine the housing associations Affinity Sutton Homes and Circle 33 (known as Circle Housing), to form a single organisation called Clarion Housing Association which will be a Charitable Housing Provider regulated by the Homes and Communities Agency. This proposal will not affect your tenancy terms nor the rent you pay. Our proposals are intended to simplify the organisation and to make it easier to deliver good services to all our residents.

By simplifying the number of housing associations in the Group we are better able to combine our services to offer a more efficient and consistently good service to all our residents across the country. The changes are designed to make us a better performing group, but we will minimise the impact of the change on you. We believe there will be six key benefits:

  1. Investment in improving and maintaining your homes
  2. Opportunities for resident involvement
  3. An expanded training and employment programme
  4. Attractive and inclusive communities
  5. Services to help with money management and digital skills
  6. New homes and regeneration programmes

Your views are very important to us, and before we decide on a final course of action, we are keen to hear feedback and answer your questions.

Wednesday 9th August 2017 marks the beginning of our formal six week consultation period with you to seek your views on this proposal. You can find further details on the proposed merger in our FAQ section.

Please send us your thoughts and views by filling in our simple form by 19th September 2017. 

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Neil McCall - Chief Executive of Housing Associations  

 

How will the move to a single housing association benefit residents like me? 

1. Investment in improving and maintaining your homes

By combining our resources, we can invest more money into improving your homes. Last year we invested £102m on major works in our residents’ homes. We replaced 2,240 kitchens, 1,530 bathrooms, 3,866 heating and boiler systems. We will be able to do even more as a single housing association.

Significant improvements have already been made in completing repairs on time and we ended the year up on our 2016 performance with 95.6% of repairs completed on time and 79.9% resident satisfaction with repairs.

2. Opportunities for resident involvement
3. An expanded training and employment programme
4. More attractive and inclusive communities
5. More services to help with money management and digital skills
6. More homes and new regeneration programmes

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to some common questions our residents have asked us about our proposal to combine the housing associations Affinity Sutton Homes and Circle 33 (known as Circle Housing).

Frequently Asked Questions

Remember to send us your thoughts and views by filling in our simple form by 19th September 2017.