The creation of the Together Housing Association Limited is set to mark a new era for social housing across the north.

The new association, a combination of Chevin Housing, Green Vale Homes, Housing Pendle, Pennine Housing 2000 and Twin Valley Homes will all collapse to become one. Although our local housing associations will no longer exist as separate companies, tenants rights and local  services will be unaffected by the changes.

The change took place on April 1, the fifth birthday of parent company Together Housing Group, which will become a charitable community benefit society.

The local brand names will remain as a presence in our communities in the coming months as a branding review takes place, but they will not exist as legal entities.

Other parts of the Group, such as Pendleton Together, and Newground Together, remain unaffected.

Ian Clark, Together Housing’s Group Director of Strategy and Communications, said the move would help to streamline the business while safeguarding services and jobs He said: “We’ve carried out an extensive consultation on our governance and legal structures and these changes will help to save money and  and support the government in its drive to build more new homes.

“Following the Government’s   recent budgets all social housing organisations have been looking for ways to save money and be more efficient.

“And although this process started a long time before the changes, it gives us something of a head start.

“The new association will build on the great work the former associations did and create a new era, with our tenants leading the way.”