The chair of NHG has just resigned.
The Joint Committee of Notting Hill and Genesis Residents is fighting an uphill battle to get some democratic say for the 170,000 residents. This has been picked up in the housing press (1)
The CEO has agreed to meet us, but a recent press release from NHG defends selection by the members of the Board (2).
Of the ten Board members:
Two are residents selected by NHG, paid between £9,000 and £12,500 a year to keep them sweet. They never report back to residents. Their voting record is not available to residents. They have never stood for election by residents.
Seven Board members have close contacts with the property industry or the financial markets – both sectors profit from current government housing policies – widely regarded as fuelling the housing crisis.
The last one is the CEO who has famously said: “Social housing is not a desirable destination; private ownership is preferable to state provided solutions (3).”
So, no worries about these guys doing a really splendid job selecting a new chair who is going to fight for social rent housing and against the housing crisis!
But seriously, this is a disaster. Only democratic resident involvement can stop NHG becoming an even more brutal volume house builder with even less values and ethics than it has now.
Keep your eyes on the website and FB page to see what is going on and what action the Joint Committee decides to take.
Go onto the Genesis Residents website and join us now!