Release Date: 24-Mar-2011
KNH has been awarded a five year extension of its contract by Kirklees Council.
The West Yorkshire organisation manages nearly 24000 homes on behalf of the council and will move to an ALMO plus model – adding more services to the contract as the service progresses.
Cabinet member for Housing with Kirklees Council Cllr Shabir Pandor said: “KNH has demonstrated in the last few years that it is accountable and achieving real success in our communities. It has delivered £165 million of investment into the local economy, helped create jobs, broaden skills, offer training opportunities, and achieved provision of warm and decent homes for its tenants.
“The vast majority of tenants tell us they are satisfied – I am confident that despite the major challenges facing the council and KNH we will see KNH go from strength to strength in helping us meet all our objectives and to ensure our residents get the best possible service.”
Cora Carter MBE, who is Chair of both KNH and the tenant’s federation in Kirklees, said: “There is strong support for KNH from tenants in Kirklees, with satisfaction levels at 83%, their highest ever. Achieving Decent Homes was a big success and we have a long history of tenant empowerment which KNH has built on.”
KNH Chief Executive Simon Rogers added: “We are very pleased the Council has shown this degree of support after considering options ranging from dissolving the ALMO to transferring the stock.
“We are reducing our costs like many others in the public sector but remain focused on delivering excellent services and helping communities to be successful. We are now looking forward to continuing this work and on delivering he priorities of the Council and its tenants.”