Up to £1million of Additional Funding
Wednesday 22nd January 2020
Last night, Southwark Council approved annual funding of £100,000 for up to ten years, to fund independent housing advice for residents living on the Aylesbury estate. This money will be used to support anyone living on the estate, including council tenants, leaseholders and those in temporary accommodation, throughout the remaining life of the rehousing programme, expected to continue for another 10 years.
The money will go to Creation Southwark Community Interest Company, the successor organisation to Creation Trust. Creation Trust is the charity which has been working on the estate since 2007. The charity will close in April 2021 and the CIC will take over. This new money will ensure that the work Creation Trust has been doing for the last 10 years can continue, supporting some of the most vulnerable resident on the estate.
COUNCILLOR JOHNSON SITU, CABINET MEMBER FOR GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING said, “Creation Trust has played a vital role working with residents of the Aylesbury since 2007. To date over 500 residents have benefited from dedicated case work. Although the council directly funds independent housing advice services, we consider that without the services currently provided by Creation there would be a gap in support for council tenants and those in temporary accommodation on the Aylesbury Estate. Supporting the residents through the life of the redevelopment remains a key commitment for Southwark Council and we would like to pay tribute to the excellent work of Creation Trust staff and trustees over the last 12 years.”
Speaking about the additional funding, Chief Executive of Creation Trust, Charlotte Benstead said. “We have learnt so much about how residents are affected by rehousing and how to make this process as smooth as possible. The kind of specialist support we provide is essential. I am delighted that the Council have seen the advantage of this service and have prioritised funding. The regeneration of the Aylesbury estate offers exciting prospects, including new homes and jobs, but is also creates some challenges, particularly for the most vulnerable in our community. This additional funding will mean that the work can continue to make the rehousing process as good as it can possibly be, supporting residents to find new homes and getting them settled once they move.”
NOTES TO EDITOR
Creation Trust (a company limited by guarantee and whose formal name is New Aylesbury Trust Limited) was established in 2007 as the successor body to Aylesbury New Deal for Communities.
Creation Trust is a representative body which provides a key mechanism for consultation and communications with the community as part of the regeneration of the Aylesbury Estate as well as helping to bring the wider social and economic benefits of the regeneration to local residents
From 2007 to 2015-16 Creation was funded by the council. Since 2015 under the Development Partnership Agreement, Notting Hill Genesis has made £1,250,000 funding available to the council for this purpose. Creation Trust has been successful in raising external match funding from organisations such as L&Q, The Lottery and the Department of Work and Pensions.