A founding member of JV North has been made the consortium’s new lead partner for Homes England.
Wythenshawe Community Housing Group was one of seven registered providers to form JV North 14 years ago and has taken over the role from Jigsaw Homes Group. The change will see it manage all financial matters and receive grant income from Homes England on behalf of 12 housing association and local authority members. Other duties include distributing funding, creating management and year end accounts, budgeting and forecasting.
Assistant director of finance at Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, Catherine Phillips, said: “We are very proud to have become JV North’s lead partner at such an important time with members beginning to draw down grant for the 2021/26 Affordable Homes Programme. Over the past few months we have worked in partnership with Jigsaw’s finance team to ensure a smooth handover and we would like to thank them for their help making it such an easy process.
“The new grant agreement has now been signed with Homes England providing members with a great opportunity to access millions of pounds of income to help build more homes and collaborate in key areas such as net zero building and high-quality, well designed modular housing.”
JV North members are already in the process of delivering against the new five-year programme with 522 homes underway.
JV North chairman Wayne Gales said: “Wythenshawe Community Housing Group has been a central part of JV North from the outset and our membership was unanimous in appointing them as the new lead partner. Jigsaw did an outstanding job for the consortium over many years and I would like to say thank you on behalf of the consortium for the professionalism and expert guidance provided. Moving forward, we are really looking forward to working with Catherine and her team.
“The official signing of the new grant agreement and the completion of our new £560m framework in the summer means everything is in place for members to press ahead in the new development programme to build even more vital homes in our communities.”
Image: JV North chairman Wayne Gales