Transfer of Engagement
Copperworks Tenants say YES to transfer to Spire View Housing Association
Copperworks Housing Association (Copperworks) tenants have overwhelmingly backed the proposed transfer to Spire View Housing Association (Spire View) with 93.1% voting YES to the proposal. The ballot was open for 31 days with an impressive 87.3% of tenants taking the opportunity to cast their vote and make their voice heard.
Spire View and Copperworks worked together to create a joint business case for the transfer of engagements of Copperworks’ interest into Spire View that would allow the expanded Spire View to do much more for Copperworks’ tenants, other customers, and staff members.
Copperworks shareholding members will now be invited to two Special General Meetings where they will be asked to approve, then confirm, a special transfer resolution to complete the transfer process.
Subject to the support of Copperworks’ members and other final consents being achieved, the transfer is expected to complete on 1st August 2023. At this point, Spire View will become responsible for delivering the homes and services currently provided by Copperworks.
Fiona Murphy, Director of Spire View, commented, “We are delighted that Copperworks tenants have overwhelmingly voted in support of joining forces with Spire View. We are very much looking forward to delivering on our promises to Copperworks tenants, whilst continuing our commitment and support of the wider Royston community'."
Stage 2 Information for Spire View Tenants
Following on from the information leaflet issued to you on 24th February 2023, we are pleased to advise that during the consultation period between 27th February to 28th March 2023, we engaged with over 85% of Copperworks tenants and this demonstrates the impressive level of engagement in this proposed important change.
You should have recieved an information leaflet posted through your door regarding the Transfer of Engagements of Copperworks Housing Association to Spire View Housing Association.
This can also be found on this page of our website on the right hand column, if you would like a physical copy please get in touch with our office on 0141 552 7928.
Meet at the Hub
You can pop along to the Hub to meet Fiona Murphy, the director of Spire View & other key senior staff and Lesley from TPAS. You can have a chat over a cuppa and cake – Save the date!! Thursday 26th January, 2pm – 7.30 pm in the Hub, 174 Roystonhill, G21 2LG The Hub is fully accessible for anyone with mobility difficulties.
If you use British Sign Language or Polish or Slovac, team members will be at the Hub to speak to you. Your views and the views of Copperworks tenants will form part of the “offer” document.
You can read about everything that has happened and the next steps in Tenant Advisor from TPAS 2.
Following an options appraisal, Copperworks and Spire View Management Committees had agreed that it would be in the best interest of tenants for the two organisations to merge via a ‘Transfer of Engagements’ from Copperworks to Spire View, followed by a name change for the new combined organisation. Consultation carried out in July 2022 with both sets of tenants indicated general support for a Transfer of Engagements and also allowed us the opportunity to gather views on tenant priorities.
Since the last update, and using the information gathered from the Summer consultation exercise, we have been working hard behind the scenes and an offer from Spire View to Copperworks tenants has been agreed. This offer will include a 3 year rent promise for Copperworks tenants as well as increased investment in homes and the retention of the local office and staff. In addition, Spire View is committed to retaining the Copperworks Tenant Bonus Scheme and extending this to include all existing Spire View tenants. We believe this Transfer of Engagements will result in benefits to both Copperworks and Spire View tenants that would not be possible if the two organisations remained independent.
The transfer will only happen if a majority of Copperworks tenants agree with the proposals and a formal consultation process will take place during January and February 2023. The consultation process will be managed by Lesley Baird on behalf of the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) who have been appointed as the Independent Tenant Advisors. Lesley intends to hold drop in sessions, video chats and focus groups meetings. Details of the sessions will be sent to every tenant directly from TPAS.
We realise that you may have questions about the Transfer of Engagements / Merger, and you should feel free to raise these with Lesley at TPAS. Lesley can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 07768 583 885.
Alternatively, you can contact any member of our staff who will be able to assist you or direct you to the appropriate person.
TPAS will be sending out a newsletter in the New Year giving you more information and opportunities to have your say about the proposals.