Moat transfers running of supported housing schemes to new landlord
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Moat transfers supported housing schemes to new landlord
South east based housing association Moat has transferred the management of homes and care at five supported housing schemes to Look Ahead Housing and Care.
Look Ahead - a charitable housing association operating across London and the south east - will take responsibility for:
- Colebrook Road in Tunbridge Wells, Kent
- The West Kent Women’s Refuge
- The Asian Women's Refuge in Medway
- Claremont Road in Tunbridge Wells
- Hadlow Road, in Tonbridge, Kent
It follows Moat's decision to withdraw from its role as a provider of services through the Supporting People programme following council cuts.
Last year it predicted it was facing more than a £230,000 cut from Kent County Council - the authority it provides the majority of services for under the programme.
Although the Government claims it has given "relative protection" to the £6.5 billion programme – reducing the grant it gives councils to fund these services by 12% over four years – some local authorities have announced that they will make cuts of up to 50% this year, due to the decision by the last government to remove the ring-fence to the funding.
Look Ahead will also take over Moat’s eight other contracts to provide support to people living in Moat accommodation.
It follows an "intensive selection process" involving staff representatives, residents and senior managers.
Moat - which manages more than 20,000 homes - says it selected Look Ahead due to its position as a "specialist provider who focusses solely on supported housing, and the excellent opportunities for staff and resident involvement".
A total of 35 staff will be transferred to the new providers under TUPE regulations with no redundancies planned.
Chris Hampson, executive director of operations at Look Ahead, said: "We are extremely pleased to be taking responsibility for Moat's supported housing services in Kent and we look forward to working in partnership with Moat and with Kent County Council. Look Ahead is continually developing new and innovative services for individuals with a range of needs and we are pleased to be extending our services into Kent. It is an exciting time for Moat staff to be joining Look Ahead and we very much welcome them in to the organisation."
Tony Morgan, director of sheltered and supported services at Moat, said: “At the beginning of this review process, we promised to do everything possible to minimise disruption to residents and staff. I can sincerely say that I believe we have followed through on this promise. We have secured positions with this new provider for all 35 staff involved in the review, and I am confident that Look Ahead will offer our residents a reliable and consistently high quality service. Not only is this great news for existing residents, it means that we can focus on the development of new accommodation schemes that meet the housing needs of an ageing population, and people with additional needs.”