This page is dedicated to the proposed Transfer of Engagements between Fairfield Housing Association and Kingdom Housing Association.
We’ll keep this page up to date with the latest news and information regarding the process so you always know what is happening. We’ll also let you know how you can have your say and be a part of the process.
The first Edition of Transfer News, the joining newsletter from Fairfield and Kingdom Housing Associations is available to read and download from this page.
We welcome any feedback you have on the proposed Transfer of Engagements and encourage you to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.
On 3 December 2018 the Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) decided to use its statutory powers at Fairfield Housing Co-operative (now Housing Association) to protect the interests of tenants and to address serious and widespread failures across all Regulatory Standards.
The last 2 years have been challenging. We have seen changes at Board and senior officer level, and we completed two strategic options appraisals. This has all happened whilst we have had to deal with Covid-19 restrictions and other operational constraints which will have impacted on our ability to provide high quality services to our tenants.
To address the SHR concerns Fairfield has been working collaboratively with Kingdom Housing Association and this has been one of the key elements of the recovery strategy over the last year. We entered a shared services arrangement with Kingdom and since May 2020 they have provided us with a range of management services. The feedback is that this has been going very well.
However, without support from Kingdom, we would continue to face big challenges on an ongoing basis to address the risks to tenants arising from Fairfield’s failure to comply with Regulatory Standards.
In considering all of this, in January 2021 we completed our second strategic options appraisal to assess how the interests of Fairfield tenants could best be served in the future. After a detailed and thorough process, the assessment concluded that the best solution that would allow us to do much more for our tenants would be to become part of Kingdom. Our Board has therefore agreed we should pursue a Transfer of Engagements with Kingdom Housing Association.
In reaching this decision, we would emphasise that all Board Members had the best interest of tenants at the forefront of our minds. We are confident that this decision will lead to improved outcomes for tenants while safeguarding the local, community focused, and personalised services that tenants and staff value.
We now have a lot of hard work ahead over the coming months to develop a detailed Business Case and transfer proposal with Kingdom. We will then carry out detailed consultation with all of our tenants on these plans in line with SHR statutory guidance. Following consultation, the final transfer offer to tenants will then be the subject of an independent tenant ballot where every tenant gets to vote on whether the transfer goes ahead. The final decision on any transfer will therefore be up to our tenants.
Over the coming months, more information will be provided and you will have the opportunity to have your say.
We have also appointed the Tenant Information Service (TIS) to provide independent advice and help answer any questions you have.