Customer Annual Report

Welcome to the One Manchester Customer Annual Report 2021/22.

One Manchester Customer Annual Report 2021/22

As we look back on the last year, it’s great to see how much has been achieved despite the ongoing issues of COVID-19.

Thanks to your feedback, we were able to make some really positive progress in improving our services though our change programme, Shaping our Future. Your feedback has been invaluable in helping us to shape the changes we need to make and begin to pilot our new ways of working, and we’re now looking forward to launching our new and improved services in April 2023.  

During the year 2021/2022, we were proud to support our customers and communities hardest hit by the pandemic. During this time, we contacted all of our customers to check in and find out how we could best support you during the pandemic. We then offered support, tailored to you, and this included everything from help to find employment, support from our health and wellbeing team or an appointment with our Financial Inclusion team to help you manage your money better.

Looking ahead to the end of 2022 and beyond, we are delighted to have launched our new Corporate Plan 2022-2025 which sets out our three new priorities: People, Place and Prosperity. These priorities highlight our renewed focus on listening to our customers, providing good quality homes, and reducing inequalities to improve our customers wellbeing.

Picture of Nic Kershaw

Looking ahead to the end of 2022 and beyond, we are delighted to have launched our new Corporate Plan 2022-2025 which sets out our three new priorities: People, Place and Prosperity. These priorities highlight our renewed focus on listening to our customers, providing good quality homes, and reducing inequalities to improve our customers wellbeing.

As a values-led organisation, we also worked with you to co-create our new HEART values, which we’ll be working to embed across our organisation moving forward.

We wish you all the best for the coming year.

Nic Kershaw - Chief Executive 


provided directly to our customers and communities


people supported into employment and/or training opportunities

Nearly 4000

volunteer hours to support
local communities


in additional benefit gains for our customers


 new homes built in Manchester

Customer Co-creation team

  • Supported a consultation to help develop a Customer Telephony platform to improve the customer experience.
  • Support our Vision, Mission and Values workshop consultation, evaluating our purpose statement and reviewing our website to ensure we improve the customer experience. 
  • Reviewed our organisational policies including our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Income and Debt Recovery Policy.
  • Provided feedback on how to increase take up for financial support.

Customer Purchasing team

  • Worked to give feedback around purchases and services to influence supplier decisions 
  • Helped select the supplier of the new omni-channel platform that will give customers the opportunity to engage with us by telephone, and email chat box 
  • Worked with our Independent Living Scheme residents to decide on the best supplier to deliver a new customer friendly digital warden call system 

Customer Scrutiny team

  • Conducted a review of the Customer Contact Centre looking at calls resolved at first point of contact and provided recommendations to the One Manchester Board. 
  • Received training by tenant engagement experts, TPAS,to ensure reviews can be independently-led.

Customer Building Safety team

  • Provided their views on the implementation of the Stay Safe policy at our high-rise blocks, as recommended by the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
  • Completed a resident consultation on our Building Safety Resident Engagement strategy
  • Conducted customer survey drop-in’s and door knocking exercises to gather views of the high-rise residents
  • Meetings held with residents to discuss high rise safety concerns
customers photo

Tenant satisfaction measures

During the year, we consulted with customers to seek their views on the proposals from The Regulator of Social Housing to introduce a range of measures that demonstrates housing providers are meeting the needs and standards of their customers.

The tenant satisfaction measures
  • Keeping properties in good repair
  • Maintain building safety
  • Effective complaints handling

The consultation found that the proposed measures were welcomed by customers. As part of the consultation, we provided a joint response from colleagues and customers which was presented to our Board. The feedback was also submitted to the Regulator of Social Housing.  

We are always on the lookout for customers to join our Customer teams.  

Complete our contact form to find out more.

Customers having a conversation

Complaints performance

We take all complaints that we receive seriously and have put a lot of work into making our process fair and easy to follow. Our responses to complaints during the year are below We received a total of 930 formal complaints between April 2021 and March 2022.

930 stage one complaints
Withdrawn 158
Upheld 391
Partially  196
Not Upheld 185
26 of the above complaints were escalated to stage two
Upheld 16
Partially upheld 5
Not upheld 5
Response timescales
To acknowledge at stage one 1.3 days (against a two day target
To respond at stage one  11.2 days (against a two day target)
To respond at stage two  26.8 days (against a two day target)


Clockworks property development

Growth and development key achievements

Our Growth team completed a total of 179 new homes, an additional 345 homes were in contract and 322 homes had been approved.

We continue to work hard to reduce the impact of our new homes on the environment, and this work has included moving to renewable heating instead of gas in each home.

The overall tenure split

  • 204 Affordable rent 
  • 160 Social rent 
  • 166 Shared Ownership 
  • 3 Intermediate rent 
  • 248 Rent to Buy 
  • 65 Market rent 

Blackrock Street, Beswick

We continue to develop new homes that are energy efficient for our customers and help keep running costs as low as possible for residents. In October 2021, we completed our first net zero carbon homes in Beswick. Working in partnership with Manchester City Council, we developed a disused and problematic site to create a new build development. Blackrock Street is made up of 22 social rent family homes, designed to meet low energy and low carbon standards.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

We believe our services and opportunities should be accessible, responsive, and of good quality, no matter who you are or where you live. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is central to the work we do at One Manchester and is embedded into our purpose and values.  

To continue this commitment, in July 2021 we invested in hiring an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead to join the team at One Manchester and lead the delivery of our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategy and Action Plan.  

We have continued to consult with our customers to ensure that our policies are reflective of their needs and updating our EDI policies to reflect feedback received. Changes requested by customers to our policies were agreed by our Board and changed in February 2022. 

  • Browsealoud improving accessibility
  • Programmes for health and wellbeing
  • Creating new partnerships
  • Supporting customers from ethically-diverse backgrounds
  • Supporting LGBTQ+ communities
  • New Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead recruited
People at event

Supporting customers and colleagues from ethnically diverse backgrounds

We know that almost half of our customers are from ethnically diverse backgrounds, and that for a further third, English is their second language.


In 2021/22 we continued to log compliments when one of our customers contacted us to praise a member of staff for something. We logged a total of 39 compliments covering a range of matters across areas including our Contact Centre, Repairs, Grounds Maintenance and Place teams. 

We switched to an all formal process from April 2021

This new process meant we responded to far more complaints in writing than in previous years

We began to capture lessons learnt in stage one responses for increased transparity

Information on complaints can be found on our complaints page

What are we doing as a result?

  • We have identified and made several small changes to processes of many of the complaints made throughout the year.  
  • More complaints handling training is being rolled out.  
  • We are running several pilots to try out new ways of working with the aim of tackling some of the deeper-rooted problems.  
  • Lots of customer journey mapping is taking place to understand from your point of view what is going wrong and how this impacts you.  
  • We have committed to improving our repairs service by carrying out an extensive review of the service to help us improve your experience of the service and reducing repair completion times.  
  • To improve call waiting times, we will be completing a review of our Customer Resolution Centre in 2022/23. This will involve implementing team performance targets and introducing a Training Academy to ensure calls are dealt with quickly and to the highest possible quality.
Person Smiling at Pride 2022

Shaping our future

The impact of COVID-19 on our customers lives lead us to establish a business change programme in August 2020. The programme is called Shaping Our Future and was set up to enable us to deliver great services for our customers, that we are proud to deliver.

After extensive listening to our customers over the year, we were clear we needed to:

  • Redesign our processes and ways of working from the perspective of our customers
  • Get better at taking ownership of issues and resolving them quickly
  • Get to know you better 
  • Make it easier for customers to deal with us

Work to make these improvements has been taking place behind the scenes to pilot our new ways of working, in order to launch our new and improved services from April 2023.

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