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Minister welcomes Bromford’s positive stance in new world

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Housing minister Grant Shapps has welcomed Bromford's backing for the new flexibilities that are opening up as part of the government's new affordable housing programme.

And, in a personal response to chief executive Mick Kent, he has thanked Bromford for choosing to pilot the new tenant repairs cashback scheme. This will enable some customers to carry out certain property repairs themselves and claim back the money from their social landlord.

The minister's support for Bromford's positive approach to the "new world" created by the government's spending review comes in a written reply after Mick wrote to Mr Shapps after the Housing 2011 conference at Harrogate.

Mick got the chance to speak informally at some length to Mr Shapps alongside Bromford executive director Helen Collins, also newly-elected president of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), and research manager Carole Clark.

Replying to Mick's thank-you letter, the minister welcomed Bromford's support for its approach to the new affordable rent tenancies.

Mr Shapps went on to say: "I welcome your strong focus on creating aspiration and self-reliance and your something-for-something approach. More flexibility on tenure should provide you with new opportunities to incentivise behaviour and support those who enter training or employment.

"I would also like to thank you for choosing to pilot the tenant cashback model. Evidence from the pilot will provide valuable information for other registered providers on the practical implementation of the scheme."
The minister's response was described by Mick as really encouraging.

"We had a really good conversation at Harrogate and, as well as thanking the minister, I wanted to emphasise our support here at Bromford for the new flexibilities outlined in the recently revised tenancy standard associated with the affordable housing programme", said Mick.

"I also emphasised how pleased we are to be part of the pilot tenant repairs cashback scheme.
"It looks like the minister received this as constructive comment from a provider who is committed to delivering the best outcomes from the new affordable housing environment - and I look forward to further opportunities to express our views now that we have established this personal connection."

To find out more about how Bromford is responding to the "new world" and working to achieve its objective of becoming one of the UK's top three providers of high-quality affordable homes, read the group's Annual Review 2011, Bromford Street at www.bromfordgroup.co.uk

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