Publication of the answers to residents’ questions.
Genesis and Notting Hill have finally published answers to some questions that were asked by residents during the ‘consultation.’ You can see the Genesis and Notting Hill ‘responses’ document below.
There are plenty of interesting points.
But one jumps out at you.
Loss of social housing through sales and conversions of existing social housing over a five year period
It appears from their statistics that Notting Hill and Genesis actually sold or ‘converted’ to higher rent more social housing than they have built over the past five years.
Using their stats we get a figure of a total of 1,920 ‘conversions’ over the five year period from 2013 to 2017 (1). ‘Conversion’ means when a housing associations ups the rent for a social rent home to unaffordable ‘affordable rent’ on relet.
‘Affordable’ rent is so high that the Joseph Rowntree Trust says that it actually creates poverty amongst housing association residents. To give an example from the statistics in the document below. A social rent for a two bedroom Notting Hill home is £145.25 while the average ‘affordable’ rent is £213.54
Again using their statistics, the total sales of social homes for the five year period is at least 584 (2).
So it appears the total loss of social homes (sales and conversions) over the five year period from 2013 to 2017 is at least 2,504.
Construction of new social homes over a five year period
During the five years 2012 to 2017 Notting Hill claims to have built 1057 social rent homes. Genesis claims to have ‘delivered’ less than 1,000 social homes in the same five year period ( Notting Hill’s Director of Housing used the figure of 950 in meetings).
This amounts to 2,007 homes over five years against 2,504 social homes lost.
Genesis and Notting Hill cut the reserve of social homes in the midst of the biggest housing crisis in 70 years.
So it appears that for this five year period the two housing associations diminished their social housing stock by at least 497 social homes.
This at time when the raging housing crisis destroyed the lives of countless people in the UK. A toll of human misery which is the direct result of the policies of these two housing associations who now want to merge to carry on this poisonous legacy.
We asked for a response on 14th December, but so far Genesis and Notting Hill have not replied.
(1) According to the Q and A, NHH and Genesis have converted 1,322 social homes to unaffordable ‘affordable’ rent in three years from 2014 to 2016. For 2012-2013 the Statistical Data Return of the Homes and Communities Agency appears to show 247 conversions for the two housing associations (198 for NHH and 49 for Genesis). For the the year 2016-2017, the figure of the two housing associations is 351( 325 for NHH and 26 for Genesis).
(2) The Q and A said that Genesis sold 214 existing social homes from 2014 to 2016. The Q and A says that Notting Hill have sold 255 properties from 2013 to 2017. The SDR appears to show that Genesis sold 114 social homes in 2012-2013. And in in 2016-2017 Genesis sold one home.