'Magenta Living' housing association.......neglect of housing stock.

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
It is probable that the housing association - 'Magenta Living' (formerly known as 'Wirral Partnership Homes' - WPH) is the worst housing association in the UK.

Magenta Living took possession of 13,179 Council Homes, from Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council ("the Council"), in February 2005, at zero cost. There was no financial payment for the homes. In 2019 Magenta Living has a portfolio of 12,798 homes......fewer than it started with in February 2005. Far from providing housing for those in housing need, Magenta Living has reduced the amount of social housing, after thirteen years of mismanagement (and, in 291 cases, neglect).

WPH made a commitment to the Council, to Council tenants and to the Charities Commission that it would improve the quality of the housing stock in its possession and provide housing for those in housing need. Magenta Living has failed to do so.......on a grand scale. Speaking of "grand".......the CEO of Magenta Living has been paid 130 grand, per annum, since February 2005.........to reduce the social housing stock in the Wirral Metropolitan Borough and to leave 291 homes unoccupied and neglected (in some cases, for eight years).

There are two Councillors on the Board of 'Magenta Living' ......Jeff Green (Conservative) and Steve Foulkes (Labour).........both paid considerable sums of money (annually) to act as Magenta Living Board members. Many members of the public are mystified as to whether these two individuals are doing anything constructive, as Magenta Living Board members, to enable homeless people and those on lengthy housing waiting lists to obtain a home.

Magenta Living currently has 291 empty properties in its portfolio of 12,798 properties, including 22 empty homes at Ashton Court, Banks Road, West Kirby. The last elderly tenants to live at Ashton Court left their homes in 2011. At that time they paid £110 per month in rent to WPH, they had two communal rooms and a warden. In 2011 WPH paid each elderly resident £5,000 to leave their homes at Ashton Court (due to 'development plans'). Some of those residents now live at 'Redshanks' (formerly 'Hoose Court') in Market Street, Hoylake......owned by Magenta Living......where the rents are £550 per month (where there are no communal rooms and no warden).
Three 'guardians' lived at Ashton Court for twelve months, during 2013 band 2014 (paying £189 per month in rent to Magenta Living).
Magenta Living argues that the last tenants left Ashton Court in 2014. This is incorrect. The last elderly tenants left Ashton Court in 2011. Essentially, Ashton Court has now been unoccupied for eight years (except for the temporary presence of three 'guardians').

Many West Kirby residents would happily see a very small increase in the 'footprint' of the two buildings at Ashton Court (each containing eleven flats and a communal room) to enable 22 elderly residents to be provided with modernised and totally refurbished homes. Magenta Living could easily afford to do this, using a small proportion of its £50+ million annual income. Magenta Living should act responsibly and accept the commitments that it made in 2005.

Today, in 2019 Magenta Living is responsible for 291 long-term, unoccupied properties, including Ashton Court, at a time when many people are homeless.
Magenta Living has an annual income in excess of £50 million and is tax exempt (due to its 'charitable' status).

Would the Council please provide detailed information provided by Councillors Jeff Green (Conservative) and Steve Foulkes (Labour), as to their activities as Magenta Living Board members?

Would the Council please provide detailed information concerning discussions (with accompanying documentation) of the failure of Magenta Living to uphold its commitments, made in 2005, to provide housing for those in housing need.....(which it has so clearly failed to do)?

Would the Council please provide detailed information concerning discussions (with accompanying documentation) of plans to return control of the 291 unoccupied properties, that Magenta Living is currently neglecting, to the management of the Council?

It is interesting to note that it no longer has details of the February 2005 voting numbers, relating to the Council tenants who voted to remain Council tenants and the Council tenants who voted to switch to Housing Association management. I ask, once again, for those statistics.

Yours faithfully,

Alan Rundle

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Rundle

 

We write further to your Freedom of Information request below and
apologise for the delay in responding.  We have identified the following
questions within your narrative and can respond as follows:

 

Would the Council please provide detailed information provided by
Councillors Jeff Green (Conservative) and Steve Foulkes (Labour), as to
their activities as Magenta Living Board members?

Wirral Council can confirm no information has been provided to the Council
by Councillor Jeff Green and by Councillor Steve Foulkes in relation to
this request. Please see our previous response to this enquiry:
[1]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/m...

 

Would the Council please provide detailed information concerning
discussions  (with accompanying documentation) of the failure of Magenta
Living to uphold its commitments, made in 2005, to provide housing for
those in housing need.....(which it has so clearly failed to do)?

No recorded information held

 

Would the Council please provide detailed information concerning
discussions  (with accompanying documentation) of plans to return control
of the 291 unoccupied properties, that Magenta Living is currently
neglecting, to the management of the Council?

No recorded information held

 

It is interesting to note that it no longer has details of the February
2005 voting numbers, relating to the Council tenants who voted to remain
Council tenants and the Council tenants who voted to switch to Housing
Association management. I ask, once again, for those statistics.

The Council does not hold recorded information on how many tenants voted
in February 2005 to remain tenants or voted to become Housing  Association
tenants. Please see our previous response to this enquiry: 
[2]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/t...

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Principal Information Management Officer

Business Management

 

Treasury Building

Argyle Street

Birkenhead

Wirral

CH41 1AH

 

Tel: 0151 691 8201

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