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Further Reading

Further Reading

Please find below some incredibly interesting articles and reports about, or related to, our campaign. All have been compiled by residents who oppose the merger and want to keep well informed and up to date with the issues and those involved. In the short time we have had we have since finding out about the proposed merger, we have found a huge amount of essential reading. Many focus on the wider housing crisis and how NHH have responded to this, in particular the approach taken towards social housing by NHH CEO Kate Davies herself. We have given each piece an introduction, so that you can easily identify the content and subject being dealt with in the link.

Huffington Post article about our protest outside “the south’s largest housing event” in Kensington Olympia.  “And they [NHH & Genesis residents] make a compelling case. Genesis are already allegedly hiking up rents and maintenance charges as well as selling off properties. And NHH are vocally distancing themselves from a social housing model.”
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From the original ethos of providing quality social housing NHH seem to have changed their agenda. “Many housing associations have exploited the category change to set rents at the highest possible level, with the effect that only relatively wealthy people can afford to live in homes originally meant for poorer tenants. Notting Hill Housing (Trust) switched 853 [from social to affordable rents] earning an extra £3.3m. “These figures reveal what is happening across London: homes that should be genuinely affordable are not, when Londoners are desperate for rents to be lower,”
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Worth reading the chairperson’s foreword for a true idea of NHH CEO’s real thoughts on social housing and the residents who live there "For the one in five households which has secured social housing this means low cost living for life funded from the public purse, but often on estates where they would not choose to live. Social housing as it is deployed today is an expensive, poorly targeted investment. In short, our approach to providing an affordable home for all is unfair and unsustainable." Kate Davies CEO NHH and chair to Ian Duncan Smith’s think tank on housing
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About the housing crisis and putting profit before people. “The government believes affordable housing is 80% of the market rate, which is astonishingly unrealistic.The private rental market is exploitative, with profit constantly put before people.”
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Troubling statistics on how many social tenancies are being converted to “affordable” rents bt NHH and Genesis. "In 2016 Notting Hill Housing sold 59 homes, and converted 383 to ‘affordable’ rent. Between 2014 and 2016 Notting Hill Housing and Genesis – currently proposing a merger-sold 711 ‘low cost’ homes, and converted 1322 homes from social rent to ‘affordable rent.”
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About 40th anniversary of the Free & Independent State of Frestonia in North Kensington and how they are trying to survive the “bigger is better” attitude of NHH. “Now, though, she has new fears about the future. As housing associations increasing resemble huge property developers, the organisation now called Notting Hill Housing has plans to merge with another provider to create a giant organisation in charge of 64,000 homes, which many tenants fear will make it far less accountable. Thanks to an ongoing drive to deregulate social housing, people are being pushed into a new, far more market-based reality”
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NHH changing agreed upon social homes into “affordable” rents that are on average £100 per week more! "44 social rented units were duly proposed in Notting Hill’s planning application for the site and that’s what was confirmed in the planning officer’s report. Paragraphs 27 & 29 of the GLA planning report also confirmed that the development proposed 44 social rented homes. However, after approval was given Southwark Council and Notting Hill signed-off the s106 legal agreement with something completely different - 44 ‘affordable rented’ units (ie. up to 80% market rents) not 44 social rented units."
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North Kensington Blog investigates NHH’s changing ethos and decision to merge. “THINK agree with the residents that bigger is not better when it comes to housing associations....NHH has lost touch with its charitable roots and has turned into more of a profit-making corporate giant, out of touch with the views and wellbeing of many of its residents”
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More from North Kensington Blog Think this time investigating profit making stratagies of NHH. “NHH’s “core strategy of providing housing for those who cannot otherwise afford it” Well they are selling homes over over £1 million, so we don’t exactly know of any of the supposed people they are supposed to be helping who can exactly afford that.”
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About the corporatisation of public assets and resources. "The intermingling of state and corporate power allows corporations to harness the resources and protection of the state, and the state to hide behind its corporate partners"
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NHH using publicly owned property for corporate purposes to sell stocks based on the merger. “The money was raised through Notting Hill Housing Trust and will be used for ‘general corporate purposes’.”
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The next phase in Aylesbury estate 'region' by Notting Hill Housing....is social housing being slashed again link

NHH evicting their residents who cannot cope with rent hikes. “It’s a nightmare scenario which Notting Hill could have helped avoid. It is certainly not the behaviour anyone would expect from a housing association.”
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Fascinating report on accountability of Housing Associations. “In England, the HCA’s Governance Standard7 requires that Registered Providers “are accountable to tenants, the regulator and relevant stakeholders”
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Genesis drop commitment to social housing. “Genesis housing association blames the government in its decision to drop social housing, but funds thinktanks that influence policies which force its hand”
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From an article written by Kate Davies “At Notting Hill we are preparing for 700 households to be affected by the cap when it comes into force next year. This means we face ending 700 of our tenancies and removing households from their communities....and hand their homes back to the private sector.”
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Disappointing example of the changing face of NHH. “[Sweets Way] has been sold to a private developer which intends to demolish the roughly 160 houses there. ...is being managed by Notting Hill Housing on behalf of the site’s new owner, Annington, which describes itself as one of the UK’s largest owners of residential property”
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From Kate Davies blog: No mention of residents being consulted despite “months” of work or any consideration for residents living with the Grenfell tragedy on their doorstep and then having a merger dumped on them out of the blue! “I have been working on this project, with lots of my team and the Genesis team, for months. It has been hard to do it on top of our day to day work, especially as the Grenfell fire punched a hole in our lives.”
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