Cloch Housing Association is to hold a ballot of its tenants to gain support with their bid to separate from its parent organisation, Oak Tree Housing Association.
The separation process, which is likely to conclude in the latter part of this year, follows an independent appraisal that began last year when both governing bodies agreed to review their options and seek independent advice on the best way forward.
Cloch will continue to consult with its tenants to gather views and thoughts on their future needs and requirements, as the Association seeks to continue to strengthen its approach to service improvement and customer satisfaction.
See the link to our newsletter and Stage 1 Notice below for full details.
Looking for independent advice on the Separation?
Cloch have brought in TIS (Tenant Information Service) to support and advise tenants and to make sure their views are heard and influence any decisions being made. Tenants can phone their free phone number: 0800 488 0982.
We have been phoning tenants to find out their views and we have held two tenant meetings via Zoom to gather extra information.
Our Business Case for separation was approved by Cloch and Oak Tree's Boards. The Scottish Housing Regulator has also had oversight of the Business Case. We have now issued a Stage 1 Notice, in the form of a newsletter to our tenants and owners to bring them up-to-date with our proposal. Tenants now have 28 days to feedback on anything they want to tell us about and this ends on 13th October 2020. Any changes that this feedback might bring is brought to Cloch's Board on 20th October and on 21st October, we will issue a Stage 2 Notice, telling tenants about the Ballot process. We are going to ballot tenants on our separation. The result will be known on 24th November 2020.
Still don't know much about this?
Watch the presentation from the Zoom meetings and take the time to let us hear your views by contacting us in the usual ways.
Frequently Asked Question
In 2012, Cloch needed support in a number of areas and Oak Tree HA came forward providing stability and financial assistance. Although Oak Tree has been the parent company with Cloch being a subsidiary, Cloch continued to operate as a separate organisation. This relationship with Oak Tree allows “step in rights” for the parent should problems arise, and also that they are involved in future business planning.
Oak Tree and Cloch have been discussing this over the last year or so and carried out an exercise known as an “Options Appraisal” which involved considering all possible alternatives and futures for both Associations. The preference from both Boards is to pursue separation.
This will allow each organisation to focus on their own activities and businesses and make sure that both can invest and focus solely on their own areas and communities.
Before a separation can happen, Cloch tenants will be asked to vote on the separation in a Ballot. The Ballot will take place in Autumn 2020. If the vote is in favour of Cloch separating, final approval will be needed from our Members at a Special General Meeting. This is likely to take place in October/November 2020.
The actual cost of the separation will be under £20,000, mainly for the cost of the ballot process and other publication material. The only anticipated ongoing costs are in the region of £5,000 per annum, but through making other savings and efficiencies as a result of being an independent organisation, it is expected that the process will not result in additional expense.
Yes it is. There have been other separations but none between two local Housing Associations. The existing relationship is not really a common one and most of the Housing Associations in the country are independent.
No jobs will be lost and no jobs will be created because of the separation.
No. Both Associations have learned a lot working together and will continue to work together in things like community projects and the ICHR etc. We have also been sharing services - Finance and IT - since the beginning of the partnership. These shared services have brought many benefits particularly around Value for Money and efficiencies. Both associations have agreed to continue these shared services for the foreseeable future.