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Stoke-on-Trent City Council housing repairs and maintenance company, Unitas leads by example

Published: Tuesday, 3rd December 2019

Unitas, Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s housing repairs and maintenance company, has been highlighted for best practice in The Parliamentary Review 2019.

The Parliamentary Review is a series of independent publications, aiming to share best practice amongst policymakers and business leaders.

Since creation, Unitas has generated a profit of £4.5 million back to the council, profit which then allows for further development and investment.  

Established in 2018, as part of a drive to improve services for tenants and raise housing standards in the city, the company is responsible for maintaining and refurbishing 18,500 social housing properties and 600 public buildings, employing 440 people along with a fleet of subcontractors.

As well as income generated, from a socioeconomic standpoint Unitas has helped improve employment in the area and support the city’s economy.

In the first 12 months, 33 companies in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle secured contracts with Unitas to the value of almost £7 million – that’s 76 per cent of available works won by local businesses.

Councillor Joanne Powell-Beckett, the city council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “It’s fantastic news that Unitas has been recognised in this review, this is a great achievement to be acknowledged in their first year.

“The main aims of Unitas are to improve services to all customers, support the local economy and to support the city council.

“Unitas provide a value-adding service to the council and any income generated from Unitas goes straight back to the city council.”

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