Mears has welcomed the appointment of Steve Smith and Karen Hardwick to its Customer Scrutiny Board. The Scrutiny Board was set up in 2020 to work alongside the Mears PLC Board and provide oversight, challenge and support to improve Mears services.
Following the report from the independent scrutiny board on Mears’ performance as a housing provider, executive director Alan Long discusses why the housing sector should be taking scrutiny more seriously. Scrutiny is a word which is often bandied about – people say more o
An independently chaired panel of customer representatives has published its first annual report on the performance of housing provider Mears. The scrutiny board was set up in 2020 to work alongside the Mears PLC Board and provide oversight, challenge and support to improve Mears services. Chaired b
A team of tradespeople from Safer Homes, a community service for householders living in North Lanarkshire who need additional safety and security measures, has helped 137 families with essential repairs to their homes since the start of the pandemic. Created in October 2012, the service sees dedicat
Teams of highly skilled tradespeople from Mears Group, in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council, have worked throughout the pandemic, maintaining and repairing the council’s tenanted properties and 1,200 public buildings, allowing communities to function as best they can during a period o
The staff of housing services provider Mears have been praised by a prominent leader in the Scottish asylum community after a year in which the company and staff helped fund goods and services worth more than £430,000 to a leading Scottish charity. As a result, more than 160 children from the
A COVID-19 case has been confirmed at the McLays Guest House in Glasgow. Three others staying at the Guest House are symptomatic and coronavirus tests are being arranged. Residents at McLays Guest House have told Positive Action in Housing (PAIH) that Mears will not test them for COVID-19 unless the
Scottish Greens councillor Kim Long has launched a new campaign for asylum seeker housing to be operated by the local authority and the third sector. The #WelcomeHome campaign comes after the death of two people in the past two months and mounting concerns about living conditions for asylum seekers
No more asylum seekers will be sent to Glasgow as the local authority attempts to “ease the pressures” on the city after last month’s knife attack and mounting concerns about living conditions for people in hotels during lockdown
Warnings about the adverse effect that placing asylum seekers in hotels and serviced apartments for long periods of time could have on their wellbeing were issued long before Mears moved hundreds of people from their homes in response to the coronavirus pandemic.