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Housing Hartlepool, Hartlepool’s largest registered social landlord, today reveal the success of its new 24 hour repair line, which is being delivered to residents in partnership with Northgate Information Solutions, a leading provider of ICT and managed services solutions.

Working in close partnership with Housing Hartlepool, Northgate is providing a comprehensive ICT managed service, and one of the key services that Northgate has recently implemented has been the 24 hour repair line, which residents can use to report any repairs required.

Northgate’s managed service has provided an exceptional level of service quality, with a quick turnaround in reporting the repairs on behalf of the residents. This is supported by residents, who have been keen to praise the new service.

One rang to congratulate the company on the new repairs service. He was “very impressed” with the service that he had received. Another resident rang to compliment Housing Hartlepool on the new repairs service. She was offered an appointment and knew when the gas fitter was calling. She said it was “a splendid, efficient service”.

Catherine Purdy, Chief Executive of Housing Hartlepool, said today:
“As Hartlepool’s largest registered social landlord, with over 400 staff operating from four offices, including three neighbourhood-based offices, we have benefited enormously from our relationship with Northgate, who have provided us with comprehensive ICT management and support. This ensures that we can focus our resources where they are needed most, and empowers staff to deliver excellence, continually improve and provide services that are valued by the local community.

“There has been a vast improvement in the service that our staff have been able to provide for residents, and the new 24 hour repair line provides our residents with a convenient, reliable and beneficial service. Northgate takes the time and effort to understand the needs of our business and of our employees, in order to deliver success based on the intelligent use of technology.”

James Turnbull, Managing Director of Northgate Infrastructure Solutions, added:
“Our relationship with Housing Hartlepool dates back to 2001, when the service was still provided with the council. The benefits and results of this long and close relationship are clear – through providing Housing Hartlepool with the ICT solutions that it needs to respond effectively to the housing needs within the community, and provide high quality and value for money services.”

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Kathy Sutton 020 7849 3403; 07966 890401; ksutton@fellowsassociates.com
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Notes to Editors:

1. Northgate Information Solutions is a leading provider of ICT and managed services solutions and software to the public services, utilities markets and corporate markets. Whether business process outsourcing, full IT outsourcing or managing specific needs such as application or web-hosting, desktop management or data-centre systems, Northgate advises clients on how to maximise the value of their information technology assets.

2. Northgate works with four out of five UK local authorities, supporting excellence in e-government. Its systems are used in the management of over 1.5 million local authority and housing association properties; in the administration of more than £17 billion of revenues and benefits; and in electoral administration systems covering over 18 million people. With divisional headquarters in Hemel Hempstead and Belfast, Northgate has 25 major offices across the UK and six international offices. Founded in 1969, the company has over 3,300 employees.

3. Housing Hartlepool is Hartlepool’s largest and newest registered social landlord. The organisation was set up in March 2004 to take over the ownership and management of the council’s rented housing stock following a positive ballot by tenants. Housing Hartlepool is a not-for-profit organisation. Housing Hartlepool is run by a voluntary board that consists of four tenant members, four council nominees and four independent people. The company manages over 7000 properties throughout the Hartlepool area and surrounding villages. These range from five bedroom family houses to flats for single people. In addition there is a wide range of bungalows and sheltered housing complexes for the elderly. The housing service is provided from three neighbourhood-based offices.

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