Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

Housing and regeneration bodies to merge

Communities England will be formed by bringing together the functions of English Partnerships, the Housing Corporation and some of the work of Communities and Local Government, with the aim of a fully operational organisation as soon as possible. Baroness Ford will head a transition team that will include senior executives from English Partnerships and the Housing Corporation and it will undertake the planning for the new organisation. However, during the transition period, the individual agencies will continue to deliver their existing programmes. Baroness Ford, chair of national regeneration agency English Partnerships, said the creation of Communities England was a natural and important step with the potential to transform the way in which mixed communities are delivered across England. The new agency is predicted to have more than £4 billion of public funds at its disposal. It will pioneer innovative and more efficient ways of working with key partners in the public, private and voluntary sectors to maximise the value of public sector investment in regeneration and housing. The decision to merge the organisations and their functions was as a result of a Housing and Regeneration Review, launched in April 2006 by Communities Secretary, Ruth Kelly. (from: English Partnerships press release 17-01-07)