Thenue Housing Association promises commitment to help tenants in time of uncertainty

Thenue Housing Association delivered a renewed commitment to helping its tenants withstand the turbulence of current economic and political events at its AGM.

The association pledged that “nothing was more important” than supporting people in uncertain times.

Chief executive Charles Turner, delivering his message to Thenue’s 39th AGM, said Thenue’s stabilising role in the communities it serves was in sharp contrast to national upheaval.

The continuing uncertainty about Brexit and the ongoing difficulties for people associated with Universal Credit meant it was “even more vital” to support tenants while protecting Thenue’s income.

Charles told members at the AGM held in the Calton Heritage and Learning Centre: ”We are here to help our people through the effects of UK government policy and the economic situation as best we can. Thenue’s priority is to help tenants through adversity. Nothing is more important than this, as we all face difficult circumstances going forward.”

He disclosed that feedback from last year’s rent consultation resulted in a clear message from tenants that future rent increases should be kept to a minimum, a sentiment that reflected the tough times being endured by people.

Meanwhile, next month, housing minister Kevin Stewart MSP will open the restored former Monteith Hotel near Glasgow Green – an iconic and historic city landmark which has been turned into new homes for Thenue alongside a new build.

Charles said the year had also been one of celebration defined by events across the communities where it has its homes. This ranged from a seniors’ tea dance to a weekend of community fun in Bridgeton, Castlemilk and Cranhill timed to coincide with “The Great Get Together” - the nationwide coming together of people in memory of the late MP Jo Cox whose untimely death shocked the entire country.

Chair Derek Quinn, in his first year in the role, also paid tribute to former chair Owen Stewart for his “exemplary leadership” at the helm of the association for the previous five years. Derek reminded members that when Thenue was founded in 1979 a week’s rent was just £24 which “seemed a lifetime away”.

Derek added: “Forty years on however, Thenue keeps striving forward. Using the foundation stone of previous years has allowed the association to work together creating better homes and stronger communities and making people happy.”

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