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Watford Community Housing Trust has job reshuffle
Employees at Watford Community Housing Trust are facing having to reapply for their jobs as part of a restructuring.
The housing association, based in Clarendon Road, has said its overall number of employees will be reduced by one while a number of current positions will be made redundant.
Workers at the trust were told about the planned restructure this week and it is set to some into effect from July.
Tina Barnard, the chief executive of Watford Community Housing Trust, said it needed to change to meet the challenges it faces over the coming years.
She said: "We have made huge strides over the last five years. We have delivered our transfer promises, established ourselves as a community gateway that empowers residents, and delivered our first housing developments.
"Now we have a new business plan and it is important that we have the right organisational structure to deliver it. We also need to be equipped for the challenges and risks ahead, such as welfare reform, rising homelessness and a changing funding environment.
"We believe that the new structure we are proposing will help us to continue to provide excellent services, and we look forward to hearing staff’s views on it."
Watford Community Housing Trust bought Watford Borough Council's housing stock in 2007 and plans to build 500 homes over the next five years.
The trust said there would be no significant changes to frontline staff in sheltered housing schemes, the neighbourhood services teams or the Gateway Repairs Team as a result of the restructure.
The new structure will see the trust’s Housing service and Housing Support Services combined and three new Business Trainee posts created.
Of the employees affected, the trust said some would be assimilated straight into the new role and others would have to reapply for positions.