CityWest Homes review – time for residents to have their say

After belatedly recognising the declining performance of CityWest Homes (the Arms Length Management Organisation that runs Westminster’s housing stock) Westminster Council’s Conservative leadership announced a review, led by consultants Campbell Tickell, looking at the organisation’s performance and structures.

Labour is disappointed and frustrated that the Council’s consultants will only be meeting with the current Residents Council and a few selected additional residents before their report to Cabinet is produced, excluding other CityWest residents from having a direct say in their future. However local Councillors are being asked to feed in their own views into the process.

Labour have repeatedly set out their views about the urgent need for reform of housing management in Westminster, recently calling for CityWest to be scrapped and other major changes. However it is very important that residents are able to put forward their ideas about how they would improve the way in which housing in Westminster is run. So Labour are asking for local residents to submit their ideas to us about how the operation and structures of housing in Westminster should be reformed. (While examples of performance problems are welcome, we are interested to hear ideas on how they might be resolved.)

Please send your ideas to Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services, Pancho Lewis (to plewis@westminster.gov.uk) with the email subject heading ‘Submission for CWH Review’ so that we can submit your ideas into both the Council and Scrutiny Committee Reviews.

UPDATE

Are you a City West Homes resident? Fill in our survey about CWH services and how they can be improved. http://bit.ly/surveycwh

Westminster Council has finally agreed to review City West Homes following months of complaints from residents and pressure from Labour Councillors
https://labourwestminster.wordpress.com/…/citywest-homes-r…/

Unfortunately, the Council intend to consult just a few tenants and leaseholders. We believe all CWH residents should have the chance to tell the Council what they think. Complete the survey by 2 September and we’ll forward your views to the Council.

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5 Responses to CityWest Homes review – time for residents to have their say

  1. Dean Cass says:

    CWH’s failure to manage our building, Swanleys, W2, occurs in many different ways, the main points being:

    – A failure to consult and coordinate Major Works programmes with residents or other departments within CWH, and to provide cost efficient strategies for any necessary works.
    – A failure to manage the day to day issues affecting the building, including not instigating the requirements of the Fire Risk Assessment for more than two years.
    – A failure to handle and process any enquiry, comment or complaint within their own Service Level Agreements, and after 18 months of instigating the new system, they still use the newness of the process as an excuse for any delays.
    – An inability to provide correct and accurate information in the first instance, and a subsequent game of trying to cover up the errors of the misinformation provided as a result.
    – A failure of anyone to take ownership of a particular problem as it arises.

    My suggestions for improving the housing management services are:
    – Nominate a building ‘czar’ for each block, estate or area, as a central point for all information about that particular area, including proposed Major Works, incidental repairs, daily cleaning and the like. This person would be the first point of reference for any queries, and should be able to answer any immediate questions directly, or at least direct the resident to the correct person ad/or department.
    – Ensure all employees have the correct skill set for their tasks, and the appropriate experience and training (In an interview, one of the HR Team told me CWH employ more on the basis of personality, rather than skills or experience and this … ‘occasionally lead to problems as they took on responsibilities outside of their role.’)
    – Instigate and maintain a disciplinary process for any staff members not completing their tasks efficiently and professionally, and feedback this information to residents.

    • Fred allen says:

      Scheme managers should listen to residents more and not acting like dictators and tell residents not to talk to each other and help each other is scandalous, us residents pay their wages and we do have a voice and we will use our voices to prove being old and disabled is not the end of our sanity

  2. Carole spedding says:

    What is your deadline for receiving submissions pls?

  3. Pingback: Labour launches City West Homes residents’ survey | labourwestminster

  4. Terence O'Sullivan says:

    People are in despair! The repairs service in disrepair! how ironic!!!

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