YourMK, the company formed this year as a partnership of Milton Keynes Council and Mears Group, has engaged NEF Consulting to help ensure the regeneration programme across the city adds real, measurable social value.
YourMK is responsible for the maintenance and repairs of all council properties, planning and procuring new council homes, and leading the regeneration programme on seven priority estates.
David Gleeson, Managing Director of YourMK is clear that this is about much more than buildings: “At YourMK we are committed to delivering a community led, commercially framed programme. In order to ensure this is done and quantify the value of working in this way on the communities involved, we need to develop a set of strategic social indicators. These will be used to measure what matters to the communities who will be affected in MK and hold us to account for delivering them. We have asked the experts at NEF Consulting to help us do this.”
Elizabeth Cox, Associate Director at NEF Consulting said “We are very excited to be working on a project where individuals within a community are being asked to set a measure by which the success of a housing estate regeneration programme will be judged. The YourMK approach is refreshingly different to many local authorities.”