How we perform

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under About us - how we perform.

Our latest performance – April 2017 to December 2017

The company has once again achieved high levels of performance against tough targets set by the government, Gateshead Council and the company itself.

From April 2017 to December 2017 the company achieved targets in 19 of its performance indicators – including home repairs, collecting service charges, working to tackle antisocial behaviour, rent collection, communal areas, tackling homelessness and supporting the vulnerable customers needing housing in Gateshead.

The company is now looking to keep this performance going throughout the remainder of the year and beyond.

A Service Improvement Group of customers regularly reviews the targets to ensure the company keeps on increasing performance levels.

Below is a summary of the company’s performance during the period.

Repairs

99.32% of customers were satisfied with the repair service they received during April 2017 to December 2017. We are making 96.51% of appointments and we are completing 86.78% of repairs within timescale.

Flaming good

99.95% of appliances have received an annual gas service, securing the safety of residents and the local community. 99.8% of customers were satisfied with the gas service received.

Leasehold service charges

Targets have been exceeded when collecting leasehold service charges with 89.54% collection being achieved. 83.02% of major-works charges were also collected. To maximise income collection a range of payment methods and financial assistance packages are available.

Let’s be social – not anti-social

Between April 2017 and December 2017, 846 anti-social behaviour cases were opened, of which 94.20% were acknowledged and investigated within timescale. It is our aim to resolve anti-social behaviour cases without the need for legal action – we did this for 95.97% of cases reported.

Empty homes

We aim to keep rent loss in empty homes to a minimum, and for April 2017 to December 2017 rent loss was 2.87%.

Multi storey blocks

Customers that are members of the Multi Storey Service Improvement Group help us ensure that service standards set are achieved. From April 2017 to December 2017 all cleaning inspections have met the required standard.

Rent and income

We exceeded the targets set for rent collection and 99.10% of customers that contacted us for rent or debt advice were satisfied with the help and support we were able to provide. We aim to keep current tenants and former tenant rent arrears as low as possible and targets have been met during April 2017 and December 2017.

Homelessness

Under the Homelessness Act 2002, local housing authorities must have processes and procedures in place for preventing homelessness. Between April 2017 to December 2017 we prevented 3,248 households from becoming homeless.

The number of homeless accepted cases continues to remain low due to the prevention methods in place. The total number of households approaching the service in the quarter was 2,064. The total number of accepted homeless cases was 174.

Improving the housing stock

Gateshead Council Asset Management service and The Gateshead Housing Company continue to identify housing stock improvements based on stock condition and repair history.

From April 2017 to December 2017, 97.47% of customers were satisfied with the improvements made to their home.

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