Tenants and leasholders of Torus Group (which includes Helena Homes) and Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) are being asked to give their views about proposals to amalgamate the Housing Associations later this year.
A six-week formal consultation has begun giving every customer the opportunity to help shape plans for a new, larger North West housing group.
Consultation Packs have been sent to almost 38,000 homes owned by LMH and Torus across Liverpool City Region and Cheshire, with participants able to share their views by post, email, phone or in person by attending a local consultation event in early July.
The packs explain how a larger group would work to achieve greater impacts and influence across the three heartland areas of Liverpool, St Helens and Warrington, whilst maintaining a strong focus on tenants, customers and communities. Together, the group would:
- Continue to invest in high-quality services that meet customers’ needs – now and in the future
- Provide wider housing solutions and choices for people needing homes, including those with specialist support needs. An ambitious development programme would deliver at least 4,700 new homes within 5 years
- Invest more in neighbourhoods, delivering services that make a big difference to people’s lives
- Boost the regional economy by reinvesting income back into the local area
A joint statement from LMH Chief Executive Steve Coffey and Torus Group Chief Executive Rob Young said; “Consulting our tenants and leaseholders is an essential part of the amalgamation process and will help shape our future direction.
“We believe LMH and Torus are a great fit and that amalgamation offers exciting opportunities to do more and do it well. Together, we aim to create an exciting new organisation that will have even greater positive impacts on the communities we serve and build a significant additional number of affordable homes.
“Customer views are really important at this stage and we would encourage all tenants and leaseholders to read the information provided and let us know what they think before the consultation ends on Tuesday 31st July.”
The outcomes of the tenant and leaseholder consultation and other consent processes will be considered by the Boards of LMH and Torus in the autumn, which means that the amalgamation could happen later this year.