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Presentation on Writing your Annual Report - Mark Thomas and Steve Smedley

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  • 1. Writing your annual reportBest practiceSteve Smedley and Mark Thomas10 March 2011
  • 2. Annual report - a key componentof co-regulation• sets out the service offer, including any local offer(s)• a commitment to deliver the offer• underpinned by a “warts and all” self-assessment• an effective transparency and accountability tool • format and performance information tenants need • tenant involvement in its production 2
  • 3. Annual report - a key componentof co-regulation• > 1000 properties - proportionate approach• due October• share with the TSA• done properly – centre-piece of tenant scrutiny and co-regulation 3
  • 4. What happened?• “near universal response rate”• 98.3% have published• 99.7% including extensions• TSA has commissioned National Tenant Organisations to explore 2010 submissions from a tenant’s perspective• due soon• will help with 2011 submission 4
  • 5. Review of regulation - co-regulationeven more important?• compliant with localism and transparency agendas • consumer regulation becomes consumer protection • from bureaucratic to democratic accountability • armchair auditors = tenant scrutiny = reduced regulation • no requirement to cc TSA in to annual report 5
  • 6. Review of regulation - co-regula-tion even more important?• tenant scrutiny beefed up • agree with tenants the provision of timely, useful information • support & recognise tenant panels • regulator to address serious failures to implement effective scrutiny • new involvement & empowerment standard pending 6
  • 7. HouseMark’s observations• commitment to co-regulation and improving tenant scrutiny• quality varies – improvement required • self-assessment – more robust & honest, less of a PR stunt • involve tenants in the process • clear articulation of offer & associated standards • reporting performance • the right info in the right format • tenants want cost and performance comparisons to judge VFM • a compelling performance story • more from Mark 7
  • 8. 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  • 9. Facilitating tenant involvement LHA Co-ops TSA Annual Report Survey Annual Report Residents Focus Group Agenda 1. Please  rank  in  order  of  importance  to  you  the  six  TSA  standards  in  the  regulatory framework?  (Score  the  most  important  1  and  the  least  important  5) 1. LHA  Co-­ops  and  annual  reports  –  some  background   Governance  and  financial  viability Home Neighbourhood  Management  and  Community   2. Who  is  the  report  aimed  at?  –  our  residents   Tenant  involvement  and  empowerment Tenancy Value  for  money 3. What  do  we  have  to  report?  –  the  TSA  guidance   2. How  would  you  prefer  to  read  the  text?  (choose  one  option) Chatty  and  informal  (friendly,  aimed  at  you) 4. What’s  the  message  to  our  readers?   Plain  and  formal  (lots  of  short  sentences) 5. What’s  going  to  be  in  it?     3. How  would  you  prefer  the  design?  (choose  one  option) Creative,  something  a  bit  different Neat  and  clear 6. What  do  we  want  to  sound  like?  Chatty,  informal  or  something  else   4. Do  you  think  graphs  and  charts  make  figures  easier  to  understand? Yes   7. What  do  we  want  it  to  look  like?    Compare  with  others   No 5. Other  than  a  printed  report,  are  there  any  other  ways  you  would  like  to  receive  this 8. Making  figures  easy  to  understand,  what  works  best  for  you?     information ….................................................................................................................................... 9. How  have  you  been  involved 6. Tell  us  something  about  how  you  have  been  involved  in  the  production  of  this  annual report  and  what  you  felt  about  this  session 10. How  we  know  we’ve  done  a  good  job   ….................................................................................................................................... 11. Other  ways  to  get  our  message  across   ….................................................................................................................................... ….................................................................................................................................... 7. Any  other  comments ….................................................................................................................................... 9
  • 10. What do tenants wantA document that has...• Clarity• Plain-ness our performance Customer care communication When you telephone us Answer telephones between 8.45am and 5.15pm (4.15pm on Fridays) How did we do? A Trend• Short articles Answer telephone calls promptly G How we meet our current service standards Staff will answer the phone with an appropriate greeting and give you their name G Key Out of hours G good performance Provide an out of hours service when our offices are closed G A average performance• Simple charts When you write to us R unsatisfactory performance We will answer letters and emails in full within 10 working days G improving performance performance has stayed the same Provide information performance has worsened Provide 6 copies of Say Optima every year G Translations into other formats provided on request G• Relevance Dealing with Complaints Respond to complaints positively and within 10 working days (we will do our best to How did respond within this timescale, although there will be occasions where a complaint may A Customer care face to face Trend take longer to resolve – for example if we need to order extra parts for a repair) we do? Our staff Staff will carry ID cards when visiting you in your home G How did Anti Social Behaviour Trend Our offices we do? Our offices will be clean, safe, welcoming, and accessible, with a G Respond within 1 working day to complaints that involve threats, violence, destruction range of relevant information on display G of property or serious harassment Our opening times will be clearly displayed and we will stay open for our published hours G All other complaints of ASB will be responded to within 5 working days G When you visit us Arrange an interview with the complainant within 5 working days and agree a G way forward Our receptionist will acknowledge you within 5 minutes and deal with G your enquiry as soon as possible We will consider support mechanisms for the complainant G We’ll do out best not to keep you waiting longer than five minutes if G you have a appointment We will consider support mechanisms available for the perpetrator G Appointments We will have contacted the perpetrator within 10 working days after interviewing G We’ll do our best to offer you an appointment with a specific member the complainant G of staff within 5 days of your request If the nuisance continues we will consider a range of options with the complainant and G Notify you in advance if we are unable to keep an appointment G report to Tenancy Conditions Panel within 60 days If the case goes to court we will provide witness support to complainants G 14 15 10
  • 11. Optima Community AssociationAnnual report Annual Report 2010 With a little help from my friends highlights of the last year Tenants are the Nasser Mugisha largest group on We take a look back at the Local people doing it for themselves Optima’s Board of highlights of the last year and Simone Price started to work for herself despite the doom and gloom of providing help to people at home. Jayne Ison Management. recession, Attwood Green was has her own small business creating novelty We catch up with one of and wedding cakes. full of success stories. the newest recruits, Nasser Dancing diva Mugisha, so see how he’s Celebrating 10 years of regeneration been finding the challenge of Attwood Green’s own dancing diva, 16-year- This was the year we worried about swine running a housing association. old Tyra-shai Allen won over the youngsters of flu, but we didn’t let it stop us celebrating our the Attwood Green Play Project with her talent 10th birthday. What estate do you live on Nasser? as a dancer and choreographer. The end result Lee Bank was a Christmas performance by the children With the help of resident volunteers and staff, for their family and friends. we celebrated the area’s local heroes and What do you do for a living? green fingered gardeners at an awards night. I am a National Sales Manager in a print and online Money advice strengthened advertising company. We took photos of as many residents, staff Circul-8 Credit Union employed Natalie Brade and partners that we could coax in front of as their new development officer. Why did you become a Board Director? To play a part in improving people’s standard a camera for our Faces of Attwood Green of living. project. We’ve used those photos here. Can you spot yourself? What have you got out of it so far? Through a structured induction programme I have gained a good understanding of Optima, its the house that Jack built Spotlight on objectives and purpose.  I have also learnt the basics of what is required to be an effective contributor towards strategic decisions at board level. However there is more 1 to learn and I am looking forward to applying myself to the benefit of the tenants and Optima as a whole. What is the hardest thing about being a Board Director? The amount of information we have to go through, as well as keeping on top of all the news feeds about the market. “Excellent service, right attitude – well done!” F Erabi 4 5 11
  • 12. Gloucestershire Housing AssociationAnnual report Prince Albert, Gloucester Runner Up, Community Garden Residents’ Annual Report 2010 and Calendar 2011 Clear spring bedding when flowers fade May 2011 T 10 S 21 W 11 S 22 S 01 T 12 M 23 M 02 F 13 T 24 How well are we doing on T 03 S 14 allocatingWhomes and collecting rents? 25 W 04 S 15 T 26 We work with 10 local authorities to let our We are very pleased that last year 95% of new T 05 M 16 F 27 properties. In 2009/2010 the breakdown of residents were satisfied with the service received lettings by local authorities was: in obtaining their new home. F 06 T 17 S 28 43 Cheltenham We use starter tenancies to provide additional S 07 W 18 S 29 assistance for residents. Last year we supported 2 Cherwell 60 households to successfully progress from S 08 T 19 10 Cotswold M 30 their starter tenancy to an assured tenancy; this Total 277 was 95% of those starter tenancies granted in 24 Forest of Dean M 09 F 20 T 31 2009/2010. 105 Gloucester Our rents are set in line with the Government’s 9 Herefordshire requirements. Our average rent level is 1 North Wiltshire £75.35 per week. Some of our rents include 13 Stratford a service charge. 23 Stroud Last year we reduced the amount of rent arrears by £32,075, and the number of households in 47 Tewkesbury arrears by 57. 36 of these were let to existing residents for reasons such as overcrowding, under occupation, medical needs and relocation. All of our available-to-let properties are now advertised via Choice Based Letting schemes. Details of the schemes can be found on our website or from your Housing Officer. 17 12
  • 13. LHA Co-ops Walsall Housing GroupAnnual report Annual report diary How we are doing Ross Walk Housing Co-operative Tenant Members’ Report for TSA 2010 Diary January 2011 and annual report 2011 Tenant involvement & empowerment Customer Service, Choice and Complaints Involvement and empowerment Introduction This report is the result of an honest and open consultation Resident Focus Group between you our tenant members and RWHC about what Welcome to the you want from us as housing providers. You have told us what A group of our tenant members recently came together to you want the report to cover and how it should look. take part in a focus group workshop to decide on both the 2010 tenant member contents and the design of this annual report. The standards it covers are Tenant Involvement and report for Ross Empowerment, Home, Tenancy, Neighbourhood and Those of you who took part in the workshop said you wanted this report to be presented in a booklet rather than Community, Value for Money and the report also sets out Walk Housing our improvement plans. newsletter format, Co-operative. Different communities face different challenges, so we have You also wanted the report to be A4 size with photographs of tenants and other relevant pictures.. been working closely with tenant members to agree on what our priorities should be for developing locally tailored service We were pleased to hear that For many tenant members English is not their first language offers. and a translation of the report is also available in Gujerati. a vast majority of you (93%) We would like to know what you think of the report and have In response to your wishes this report has been designed to be say you are satisfied with the included a feedback section, which also includes details of neat and clear showing finance information in colourful service that we provide. Our new regulator, how you can get more involved if you wish. pie charts. the Tenant Services Dinesh Pathak, The same number of you who Authority (TSA), Ross Walk Housing Co-operative responded (93%) also told us Chairman Responding to your views that you are satisfied with the requires us as landlords Responding to your views is the only way Ross Walk can new phone system that we to produce an annual provide the level of service that our tenant members expect. This report shows how we are: use for reporting repairs. If you report for our tenant So we carry out an annual satisfaction survey which is sent to all tenant members, giving you the opportunity to have your do have any complaints with members to show Putting your needs and points of view at the heart of say on a variety of issues. our service, please let us know housing how we are delivering by calling 0116 257 6800, or Giving you clear information on how we are services and how we performing emailing info@rosswalkcoop. compare to other 93% are satisfied and we will do our best Giving you a bigger say in setting local priorities for landlords. housing services with the service to put it right we provide 13
  • 14. BCHA Oxford City HomesAnnual report Annual report Annual Report for tenants and leaseholders 2009/10 A sustainable community for our residents 1 Nuneaton and Bedworth Annual report Annual Report and Accounts 2008/2009 M69 A47 A444 Hinckley 2 Plough Hill Weddington Sketchley Camp Hill Bubage Galley Common Stockingford Nuneaton A5 Attleborough Burton 1 Chilvers Hastings How are we measuring up? Astley Coton Smockington Wolvey Copston Bramcote Heath Magna A444 Bedworth Wood End Woodlands Collycroft Wolvey Bedworth Goodyers Bulkington End M69 Ash Green 3 Exhall Barnacle Shilton Neal’s Annual report 2009/10 Keresley Green Longford Hopsford Ansty 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 14
  • 15. What did we learn? - design• Different formats/media• Following/emphasising structure• Signposting• Clear graphics• Creativity and relevance• Photography 15
  • 16. What did we learn? - content• Too much copy• Need clear structure Local offers We have been working with customers over the last 12• Struggled with months to develop a set of local service offers. These are an agreement between whg, as a landlord, and you, our customers, about what we will focus on as a priority in your area. comparative information T he offers have been drawn up in response to the requirements of our regulator, the Tenant Services Authority (TSA). The TSA has set landlords six national service standards,• Honesty against which we measure our overall performance – Customer Involvement and Empowerment, Home, Tenancy, Neighbourhood and Community, Value for Money and Governance and Financial Viability. Through consultation with our customers, we have now• Local offers agreed 10 local offers based around the four national standards you told us were most important to you. Here we outline the offers we are making this year, which cover Customer Involvement and Empowerment, Home, Tenancy and Neighbourhood and• Tenant involvement Community. 16
  • 17. Other considerations• Timing• Other media• Cost• Managing in-house• Other reports 17