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Spotlight Autumn 2017

Welcome to the Autumn edition of Spotlight

Suzanne GodfreyThe main focus of this edition is our proposed merger with Notting Hill Housing which is due to happen in January 2018.

The merger is a good fit for both organisations as we both have very similar backgrounds and we can do much more together for existing and future customers than we ever could apart. Between us, we will have around 55,000 homes across London and 64,000 across London and the south-east, housing 170,000 residents in total. Half of our properties will be general needs homes with social or affordable rents.

In other news, our thoughts continue to be with all of those who have been affected by the Grenfell Tower fire back in June. A number of you have been in touch to ask about fire safety in our own blocks and in recent years we have done a huge amount of work to keep our blocks safe (see page 11). Also, staff and residents at one of our care and support schemes have been raising money for Grenfell victims.

Illegal subletting is a problem that all housing associations face and is something that we take very seriously. Meet our new Tenancy Fraud Officer and read about the properties and cases under investigation.

Volunteers and staff have been celebrating after a recycling initiative that restores old furniture in West London won ‘Re-use Organisation of the Year’.

Finally, a Genesis-funded initiative has seen 45 care and support residents enjoy a range of outdoor activities, including a camping trip to Wales which one resident described as ‘the best experience of [his] life’. See page 19 for full details.

We hope you enjoy reading this edition.

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