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Kingdom Housing Association and Fairfield Housing Co-operative build on the foundations of collaborative working

Agreement reached between Fairfield Housing Association and Kingdom Housing Association to enter into a collaborative working agreement, where shared services will be provided.

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Kingdom Housing Association and Fairfield Housing Co-operative have announced a new collaborative working agreement.

Kingdom Housing Association and Fairfield Housing Co-operative have a successful track record of working together which dates back to 2005, when Kingdom completed its first housing development in Perth and entered into an agreement with Fairfield for the management of the homes and tenancies.

The partnership arrangement has continued over the last 15 years, with Kingdom developing new projects for Fairfield to increase the co-operative’s housing numbers. During this period, Kingdom has continued to develop its own housing projects in the Perth and Kinross area, and these new homes are managed by the co-operative.

Over the last 18 months, Fairfield has been working closely with the Scottish Housing Regulator to improve governance and management arrangements at the co-operative. A great deal of progress has been made over this period and the latest stage is the agreement between Fairfield and Kingdom to enter into a collaborative working agreement, where shared services will be provided.

Bob McDougall, Fairfield Housing Co-operative’s Chair, said: “I am delighted to announce that the new collaborative working agreement with Kingdom launched on Friday 1 May. This means we now have shared services agreements for chief executive services, governance, financial management, and strategic asset management. These services will provide the support Fairfield needs to move forward as a well governed, stable organisation able to build on our progress over the last year and to focus even more strongly on achieving excellent customer and property services.

“Over the next few months, we will build new relationships with our Kingdom colleagues, and, perhaps ,do this in different ways than we had planned.

"I am looking forward to working with the Kingdom board members and staff, in what will be another exciting chapter in Fairfield’s journey”.

Freya Lees, Kingdom Chair, said: “At Kingdom, we have a long successful track record of collaborative working, and I’m really pleased that Kingdom and Fairfield have entered into this agreement, which will deliver mutual benefits for both organisations, our tenants, customers and stakeholders.

“We have established a joint Project Board, with representatives from the Kingdom Board and the Fairfield Management Committee. The Project Board will oversee the operations and effectiveness of the shared services arrangements, and, in the future, will consider if there is added value in entering into a more formal partnership relationship."

Fairfield owns and manages over 500 homes in Perth and Kinross, and, as part of Kingdom’s ambitious new build development programme, it will also own a similar number of properties in the area, over the next two years. The partnership working will mean that managing over 1,000 homes in the area will provide enhanced opportunities for efficiencies and service delivery.

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