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We are improving our services by listening to you. We regularly seek your feedback through our:

Listening to this feedback is important, but acting on it is the key to improving your experience. That’s why we have been keeping track of the service improvements we are making with your help.

We are committed to putting customers at the heart of our organisation and we will continue to listen and act. All the projects listed below started thanks to your feedback.

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Keeping properties in good repair

Property maintenance

Current Status: In progress
What are we doing?

We are working with our Customer Partnership Panel to review the service we offer, including the targets we set for works to be completed. We are also reviewing our repairs policy. By doing this we hope to create and deliver a service that better meets your needs.

Target date: 2024/25

Time taken to complete a repair

Current Status: In progress
What are we doing?

We have brought in additional resources for the 2024-25 financial year to tackle our repairs backlog. We are reviewing and analysing the types of repairs we receive, so we can make sure we are better prepared to meet the needs of our customers in the future. We are also increasing our communication with you about appointments, no access, follow-on repairs and possible delays.

Target date: April 2025

Damp and mould

Current Status: In progress
What are we doing?

We will try to contact customers within two days of receiving a report of damp and mould and complete an inspection within seven days. We are reviewing our damp and mould strategy and have increased resources for the 2024-25 financial year, to help us respond to reports of damp and mould and take appropriate action.

Target date: To be reviewed July 2024

Respectful and helpful engagement

Accessibility

Current Status: In progress
What are we doing?

We are training our customer service advisors to support our neurodivergent customers, so that they can communicate with you in a way that suits your needs.

Target date: July 2024

Service quality

Current Status: In progress
What are we doing?

We are looking at the journey you take when you contact us, to identify any issues and suggest solutions to help improve the service you receive.

Target date: October 2024

Involved customers

Current Status: In progress
What are we doing?

We will increase the number of involved customers on our Customer Partnership Panel (CPP) and Virtual Customer Panel (VCP) through an ongoing recruitment plan.

Target date: July 2024

Direct Debits

Current Status: In progress
What are we doing?

We are reviewing the systems we use to set up Direct Debits, with a focus on how we can make the letters sent more customer friendly and reduce errors.

Target date: To be confirmed

Effective handling of complaints

Noise complaints

Current Status: In progress
What are we doing?

We are developing a good neighbourhood management policy that will make the difference between household noise and anti-social behaviour clearer.

Target date: July 2024

Complaints improvements

Current Status: In progress
What are we doing?

We are creating a new customer advocacy team who will manage complaints centrally, to streamline the process for our customers and make it easier for us to see where we can identify improvements and learn from our mistakes. This will also ensure consistency and improve the way we communicate about complaints.

Target date: August 2024

Home visits

Current Status: In progress
What are we doing?

We will consider arranging face-to-face meetings with complainants, particularly when the case is a complex one.

Target date: October 2024

Improvements we’ve already made

You said

We could improve the way we communicate with you about delays to repairs.

We have updated the messaging on our phone line and website to be more transparent about the issues we are experiencing.

We did
You said

We could improve how we communicate with you about repair and damp and mould appointments.

We will no longer change appointments without notifying you and will let you know any changes or updates about your repair as soon as possible. We have also introduced calling cards to let you know when external works have been completed and reviewed our procedure for when we are unable to access a property to complete a repair.

We did
You said

We need to improve how we manage damp and mould in our homes.

We have reviewed our damp and mould process and have put in place new timescales for responding and attending to reports of damp and mould.

We did
You said

You want us to reduce the wait times on our phones.

We undertook a recruitment campaign to increase the number of customer service colleagues and fill vacant positions. Our customer services team continues to recruit when a position becomes available and try to reduce the impact on wait times. This will remain under review.

We did
You said

You wanted to help shape our policies and have more input.

All our policies are reviewed by our Customer Partnership Panel (CPP) to make sure that their feedback has been considered and put in place, where possible, before being shared with all our customers.

We did
You said

We could make improvements to how we manage complaints.

We investigated the types of complaints that received the highest dissatisfaction in our Tenant Satisfaction Measures (TSMs) 2023-24 and have made sure that we are making improvements in these areas.

We did
You said

You wanted us to be more transparent and you wanted to have more influence.

A customer is now a member of our board, attending board meetings as a customer co-optee and providing a link between the CPP and the board.

We did
You said

You wanted to have more of a say in how we manage complaints.

We have created the Customer Engagement Committee. This committee is made up of involved tenants and reviews our complaints performance as well as our learning from these complaints, our TSM results and our performance quarterly.All findings are reported to the board through the customer co-optee.

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