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SALFORD HOUSING EXECS SHARE £368,000
 

Star date: 7th March 2011

FOUR SALIX EXECS SHARE £368,000 WHILE OVER 50% OF SALIX HOMES NON DECENT!

Four Salix Homes Executives shared £368,000 in the year ending 2010, while almost five thousand homes - or 52% of total Salford Council owned stock – were classed as not decent to live in.

While the four execs get an average of £92,000 each in salaries and `emoluments', Salix Homes – Salford Council's arms length housing management company – has set aside £35,000 for community group projects in the city from "efficiency savings".

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Company accounts show that four executive officers of Salix Homes shared £368,000 in the year ended 2010, an average of £92,000 each in salaries and `emoluments'. The payments were not disclosed in the Salix Homes `customer friendly' Annual Report for 2010. 

The four execs – Chief Exec, Kevin Scarlett; Director of Services in Neighbourhoods, Joe Willis; Director of Finance and ICT, Robert Wakefield; and Director of Improvement and Customer Services, Alison Hamnett – shared the bumper pay-out, while over half of the Salford Council owned houses which Salix manages were classed as not decent to live in (see here).

Last week, Salix announced that due to "efficiency savings", £35,000 is up for grabs for community projects in the city. Salix Homes tenants, leaseholders or providers of a service that benefits areas where Salix has homes can compete for between £250 and £5000 each for projects in its `Your Salix, Your Say' contest.

Salix was recently awarded £51.8million by the Government to bring all its homes up to a decent standard by 2015.

"The money will be spent on works to kitchens, bathrooms, central heating, doors and windows for those most in need" stated a Salix Homes press release. Needless to say that Salix Homes' own fat cats won't be included in that…

For any groups wanting to apply for a share of the Salix crumbs, application forms and more information is at www.salixhomes.org/yoursalix-yoursay or call 0161 779 8938. The closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 18 March.

Eddie wrote
at 15:36:19 on 11 March 2011
Would not trust this lot to run a tap .
 
Samuel Bastable wrote
at 20:03:50 on 10 March 2011
I used to live in a flat in Apple Tree Court that was run by Salix Homes. Their service was appalling. They charged extortionate rates for services you just didn't receive. A gang of kids trashed the gardens and no security came to sort them out. The gardens were left in disarray for ages. The gate security was lax. It was either one extreme or the other. Either they left the gate wide open all the time so anyone could get in (leaving some people with smashed windscreens and such)....or they never used to answer the buzzer and guests used to be left standing around for half an hour or more, unless they had the luck to be able to contact me so I had to walk down from the fifth floor to let them in. I was also left with thick black mould covering my outer walls for ages because they took so long to get people round to fix the damp problem. We had numerous repairs issues and they took weeks and weeks to sort them, and the people on the phone didn't seem to give a damn. I am SO glad I had the saving grace that they plan to knock the building down, as I got paid rehoming compensation and managed to get into a reasonably priced private house and away from that hell. I understand they've put the rent up recently (from friends) which I'm glad I avoided. I begrudged paying what I was paying before for the horrible service. I certainly would have refused to pay the increased rates. OH....and they refitted numerous kitchens in our block and fitted a brand new sky TV connection to every flat....after they announced that the building was going.....is this a worthwhile use of council funds?! Either it's a massive waste of money, or they don't intend to knock it down and it'll be another Bronte Court where it's repainted, cleaned and had a gym slapped on top and sold to the highest bidder? If I were the council I'd be seriously questioning Salix about their running of the housing in Salford, especially before handing out over £300k to it's directors and millions of pounds for home improvements to bring them up to standard before 2015. I agree with Ian O'Brien, who commented before: There should be some mystery shopping going on to make sure Salix are doing their job properly, because at the moment it doesn't seem to me that they are.
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 20:42:31 on 07 March 2011
This is what happens when services are done at 'arms length'. Who are these people accountable to?
 
Ian OBrien wrote
at 12:34:39 on 07 March 2011
I used to have a flat from Salix on Mark Avenue in Salford, Pendleton. One night while I was at a friends funeral, somebody kicked the door in and stole the boiler, among other things. Now, I kid you not, it took over a month to get the front door fixed because Salix told me that they sub contract to another company for that. I called the other company and they said they were only responsible for fitting thelocls, or some such insanity. As for the boiler, I was told in no uncertain terms by a Salix worker that they wouldn't put a new boiler in because it is quite common for tenants to 'rob their own boiler'. So, while they spent 6 weeks arguing about what to do, I was left with no hot water or heating. At the time I was an a Local Government officer myself for Manchester City Council so I had to run around salford every morning trying to have a shwoer somewhere before I went to work in my office. Salix homes perfrom so badly it is criminal, and yet nothing happens. These people are handed a chequebook by the council and nobody is responsible. Salford Star should go mysetery shopping and try to get some repair work done. I am sure somebody in a Salix home will help out. I would do it myself and report back if I still lived in one of those hovels they (mis) manage.
 
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