Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH) is the UK’s first tenant and employee co-owned mutual housing society, with over 13,000 homes throughout the local area.
By working together we provide better places for our members, tenants and employees to live and work.
Drawing on the area’s rich co-operative heritage, our pioneering model places members at the heart of decision-making, allowing everyone to enjoy a sense of security and belonging in places we make great together.
Being part of the co-operative and mutual movement RBH is, of course, aligned with the international co-operative principles. The Representative Body has agreed our values:
Responsibility – We take responsibility for, and answer for, our actions
Equity – We carry on our business in a way that is fair and unbiased
Democracy – We give our members a say in the way we run our business
Pioneering – We will seek to be a leader in the way we meet challenges and seek solutions
Openness & Honesty – We will share information, do what we say we will do and when we make a mistake we will own up to it
Caring – We will listen and respond to the needs of our members, tenants and employees
Championing – We will encourage members to take responsibility for our communities and work together to improve them.
RBH - A Local Anchor
In 2016 RBH asked the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) to review RBH’s role as a community anchor institution and our wider impact of the borough’s economy. A short description of the findings of this work can be found here RBH - Anchoring a Good Society[pdf] 27KB
How RBH Is Governed
RBH is governed by our Board of Directors and our Representative Body.
The Board is responsible for the overall management of the society and the delivery of services, while the Representative Body set our strategy and direction, and is responsible for appointing (and removing) the Board of Directors.
The Representative Body is elected from and by our tenant and employee members, putting our members at the heart of RBH decision-making.