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Durham housing association makes top regional and sector lists

Published: Tuesday 1 June 2021

A two-year old housing association has earned a place on two prestigious Best Companies lists.

believe housing has ranked #12 in the UK’s 25 Best Housing Associations to Work For at this year’s awards, making believe housing the only north east housing association to make the 25 Best Housing Associations to Work For list this year, and believe housing also made the #25 spot in the North East’s 30 Best Companies to Work For list.

The Best Companies survey is the most respected measure of workplace engagement in the country, and its annual list celebrate the very best in workplace engagement.

The regional and sector list announcements complement believe housing’s recent ‘two-star’ Best Companies accreditation, which came  earlier in 2021,  a mere two years after the organisation was formed.

The survey, given to more than 530 believe housing employees, focused on eight factors including leadership, wellbeing and fairness. believe housing scored particularly highly on the positive contribution that the organisation makes to the wider community; scoring more strongly than most ‘two-star’ firms.

Chief Executive of believe housing, Bill Fullen, said: “Earning a place on not one but two of Best Companies’ prestigious lists, after receiving a two-star outstanding to work for accreditation, are great achievements we can all be proud of.   

“At believe housing we see our workplace engagement as a vital part of our success as a business and I am very proud of what we have achieved in a short space of time. I know we have more great achievements to come thanks to the hard work and commitment from our employees. 

“To ensure our employees can deliver their best work for our customers, we will continue our focus on their wellbeing and strive to make believe housing a great place to work.”

“At any time, this would be a cause for celebration but to achieve these results during a pandemic should not be underestimated.”  

For more information on believe housing visit www.believehousing.co.uk

New government debt scheme prevents landlords issuing arrears eviction notices to some tenants

Published: Friday 7 May 2021

Landlords will be temporarily prevented from issuing Section 8 eviction notices or reclaiming rent arrears from tenants facing problem debt under a new scheme launched by the government yesterday.

Named ‘Breathing Space’, the scheme will give tenants facing financial difficulties 60 days to get their finances back on track without debts piling up and the threat of enforcement.

Those who successfully apply to the scheme will be given legal protection from their creditors for the duration of the period, while most interest and penalty charges will be frozen and enforcement action halted.

For landlords, this means they will be unable to serve Section 8 eviction notices for arrears during this period, while also putting on hold any other action in relation to rent arrears, including court claims.

Section 8 notices are used against tenants largely in cases where rent arrears have built up, in most cases they are issued after two months’ worth of arrears.

Landlords will still be able to serve eviction notices for other reasons, such as anti-social behaviour. (Source: Inside Housing News)

Home Provider in new initiative to support veterans

Published: Friday 7 May 2021

A County Durham housing association is launching a new partnership with a leading employer of former armed services personnel after a successful pilot scheme.

Seaham-based believe housing has teamed up with AAA Caring Caretakers to work on preparing homes for new customers. Nearly 80% of AAA Caring Caretakers employees are veterans and the organisation has a strong policy of supporting both ex forces personnel and their spouses into work.

The new collaboration is expected to provide direct employment for five veterans and two spouses of serving forces personnel. They will be working right across believe housing’s 18,000 homes, which stretch from the County Durham coast to the rural north Pennines.

The partnership comes after a pilot where veterans from the AAA team prepared more than 50 properties across County Durham for new believe housing tenants. Click here to view the full article.

£250m homes investment

Published: Tuesday 27 April 2021

A multi-award-winning housing association is set to build 1,250 new homes, upgrade thousands more, and extend the support it offers to communities after a £1/4bn funding boost.

County Durham-based believe housing has secured the multi-million-pound injection to help it transform homes and communities stretching from the coast to upper Weardale. The not-for-profit housing association will double its new home construction programme and spend more than £6m extra on improving the energy efficiency of existing homes.

Extra money will also be pumped into believe housing’s successful community investment programme, which provided more than £150,000 to charities and groups during the last year.

The new funding has been secured from a number of private sector sources, including an £85m ‘private placement’ from Legal & General Investment Management. Read On

Have your say on the future of Stanley and surrounding areas

Published: Monday 26 April 2021

Karbon Homes are looking for residents who want to share their views and perspective on the development of Stanley. If you live in the area or surrounding communities and would like to be involved click here for contact details and further information.