New jobs and name after housing association changes

WIDESPREAD changes at North Somerset’s biggest housing association have led to 65 new staff members being taken on at a new depot in Portishead.

NSHousing has also changed its name, while the adjustments also mean some staff will see wages reduced, and three others have been made redundant.

The company will now be known as Alliance Homes after people kept confusing it with North Somerset Council, while the name change will also allow it to compete elsewhere in the country.

The firm, which manages around 6,500 homes across the district, did not divulge the estimated cost of renaming, but said it would be ‘relatively minor’ as it would only affect signs at the company’s main offices in Portishead and Weston.

A company spokesman added that the firm’s budget for the financial year 2011/12 had not been changed as a result of the name change.


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The company said it was forced to make cuts to its supporting people department after the Government made �11.5million cuts to its supporting people funding last year, and North Somerset Council reduced the price of personal support contracts with NSHousing.

But 65 staff are being taken on as part of a new property care department which is being housed in a new depot in Harbour Court, Portishead, and will have a new fleet of vehicles.

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A spokesman for the association said: “We will continue to seek value for money in all of its service delivery and it is regretted that this may result in redundancy when the external environment changes and the company has to respond.”

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