At a meeting of Tower Hamlets Council (21st January 2015), the Labour Group introduced a motion calling on the Mayor to suspend Circle Housing Group as a Preferred Development Partner in Tower Hamlets and also calling on the Mayor to explore options for legal proceedings against Circle Housing Group.
The Labour Group motion stated that ‘by terminating the contract with Mears, Circle Housing Group has undermined Old Ford’s ability to provide an adequate Repairs & Maintenance service, resulting in “Serious Detriment” to its residents’ and calls on the Mayor to ‘suspend Circle Housing Group as a Preferred Development Partner.’
Since this motion was passed, the Homes and Communities Agency has said that Circle Housing Group breached the serious detriment threshold – causing potential for serious harm to tenants.
It has been reported that less than a fifth of urgent and emergency repairs were completed on time across Circle 33’s 8,000 homes and less than half of repairs to Circle’s stock were completed on time elsewhere in London.
Cllr Amina Ali, of Tower Hamlets Labour Group, said:
“Labour councillors put pressure on the council and Circle Housing Group by introducing the motion and raising the numerous concerns that residents have been talking about.
The Homes and Communities Agency has said that Circle Housing has breached the serious detriment threshold - this must be the beginning of a process of change. Residents should not be expected to bear the brunt of the failures of Circle Housing Group.
The Labour Group will continue to push to give residents the support they deserve.”