Merger news

The proposed merger between Housing Plus Group and Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is moving forward.  

Housing Plus Group and SARH believe that joining together will be a great opportunity for us to deliver even better services for customers across Shropshire and Staffordshire. The majority of customers who shared their views with us earlier this year, agreed.  

Our boards met recently to review the case for a merger and taking into account what you told us, decided to take the next step in the process. This means that we are now beginning formal consultation, which is your final opportunity to share your views on the proposal. 

You can let us know what you think by emailing or completing our online form, which can be found at the bottom of this page. 

A great opportunity to provide even better homes and services

Even better homes and neighbourhoods 

Working together we will create thriving neighbourhoods, where people want to live.  

We will provide value for money repairs and maintenance services for safe, well maintained and attractive homes. 

We will offer a wider choice of homes, developing and improving towns and villages across Shropshire and Staffordshire. Together, we will start work on 2,000 NEW homes by 2023. 

We will continue to support local employment, too, by choosing employees, sub-contractors and suppliers based here in the West Midlands.  

Even better services  

Working together we will make more of our services available online, freeing up staff resources to provide support where it’s needed. 

You will be able to book, schedule and track repairs, as well as check your rent balance, make rent payments and apply for homes online at any time of the day or night.  We will keep your data safe and help our customers get online through training and neighbourhood events.

Even better support 

Working together we will be a trusted provider of community-based care and support for older and vulnerable people. Talented, committed staff and the latest assistive technology will help to reduce the length of hospital stays, support independent living and provide peace of mind and confidence for individuals and families.  

We will be a landlord and service provider that customers recommend, with services rated good or excellent by regulators. And as a not-for-profit organisation, surpluses will be reinvested into even better homes and services in our communities. 

Living our values: changing lives and building communities

As neighbouring housing associations we are united by more than geography. We put customers first and place fairness at the heart of our businesses. We are committed to bringing our shared values to life, changing lives and building communities. 

Joining together offers a great opportunity to combine our local knowledge, financial strength and values to make even more of a difference.  

A new, merged group would manage 18,000 homes and provide employment for around 800 people. 

A larger group can be even more ambitious, with a bigger voice to represent you, access to extra funding and the scope to innovate - bringing greener technology and smarter ways for you to access our services.  

A larger group could be there for customers every step of the way, helping you to: 

  • Sustain your tenancy
  • Learn new skills 
  • Improve your finances 
  • Find employment
  • Choose award-winning retirement living accommodation and at-home care for older people.

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Your questions answered

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Merger information sessions

We are holding a series of drop-in surgeries where you can raise any questions and share your views about the merger with our chief executive Sarah Boden and neighbourhood director Jan Goode.

Please feel to attend any of these events.  You do not need to book just drop-in during the session times.

Thursday 6 June 2019   11am - 1pm

Severnside Offices
Brassey Road
Old Potts Way
Shrewsbury, SY3 7FA

Tuesday 11 June 2019  10am - 12 noon
Castlefields Digital Den
69 New Park Street
Shrewsbury, SY1 2LE

Friday 7 June 2019  10am - 12 noon

Brook Room
Wombourne Civic Centre
Gravel Hill
Wombourne, WV5 9HA

Friday 14 June 2019  10am - 12 noon
Tildesley Close
Penkridge, ST19 5LH

What happens next?

We will carefully consider your formal consultataion feedback and answer any questions you raise.  

Your feedback will be taken into account by the Housing Plus Group and SARH Boards when they make the final decision about whether we will join together to create a bigger group providing excellent services to customers in Shropshire and Staffordshire.

We will let you know the decision of our boards later in the summer.

We are listening - Your voice matters

You views are important to us and will be taken seriously.  To let us know what you think about the proposed merger or to raise any questions please complete the online form below.

Deadline for feedback is 5pm on Tuesday 9 July 2019.

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