Dear RBH Members, tenants, and employees,
From the start of the coronavirus pandemic, we have been clear that our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our tenants, our employees, and our communities. We remain extremely proud of how everyone has worked together to face the challenges of the last few months, and in particular the efforts to help those in our neighbourhoods who needed that little bit of extra support to get by.
Over the past few weeks, we have been able to reintroduce more services for our tenants. We are working on the backlog of non-urgent repairs, and we are very grateful for the patience and understanding of tenants as we do so. There are still some factors outside of our control, such as a national shortage of plastering materials, which have had an impact on our delivery. Our Paint Shop has reopened. We have started to ease some of the restrictions we had placed on our independent living schemes. Our gas servicing programme is at 100%. Our HomeChoice team have resumed regular lettings.
We would have to review how we deliver all of these services – and many of them would need to stop - if Rochdale is put into a local lockdown. Last Friday, the Council and the local NHS introduced a new set of guidelines for local residents in Rochdale to help us reduce the risk of a local lockdown. It is really important that we all follow these guidelines and make sure that we protect the health and safety of everyone in the Borough - and to make sure that we can continue to deliver the services that our tenants rely on.
Thank you once again for working together to help us through these difficult times.
Lynne Brosnan - Chair of the RBH Representative Body
Gareth Swarbrick - RBH Chief Executive
Alison Tumilty - Chair of the RBH Board