Potential Merger between LHP and Ongo - Lincolnshire Housing Partnership

LHP/Ongo Merger Updates

Welcome to our updates on the potential merger between LHP & Ongo.


LHP is exploring a potential merger with Ongo, a housing association based in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. The merger would be equal between the two organisations, and we believe that by combining our strengths, we could offer even better services to our tenants and customers.

The merger is still in the early stages, and we will be sharing more information in the coming months. We are committed to keeping our tenants and customers informed about the merger and to answering any questions or concerns that you may have.

Who are LHP?

LHP is a local housing association that provides affordable housing options to hard-to-reach areas across Lincolnshire. They also reinvest into local communities to enhance the surroundings and improve the quality of life of their customers.

Their 2022-2027 Corporate Strategy is focused on “Building Strong Communities Together” and includes initiatives to modernise their repairs service, improve communication with customers, and make more of their communal areas and green spaces.

LHP is committed to making a significant social and sustainable impact in the region, and they have already made progress in this area by securing funding to improve the energy efficiency of over 700 homes and training their colleagues in carbon literacy. LHP prides itself on providing great homes and strong communities, and they are dedicated to being a local landlord for local people across Lincolnshire.

Who are Ongo?

Ongo is a housing association based in Scunthorpe. They have over 10,000 homes across North Lincolnshire, Lincoln, West Lindsey, South Yorkshire and surrounding areas.

Their current Corporate Plan focuses on three main aims – to be a great landlord, to offer quality homes and to create opportunities. You can read more about that on their website.

As well as being a landlord, they’re also big on community development. As an organisation they invest over £1m in community activity each year including employment support, mental health support, events and activities and other initiatives to help local people to thrive. They have wellbeing hubs located in the heart of their most densely populated estates which provide support, opportunities, and a safe space for the whole community to be part of.

A recruitment agency, heating & plumbing business and roofing company are also part of the group – with profit made being invested back into Ongo’s homes and communities.

Ongo aims to create and sustain truly vibrant communities by keeping tenants at the heart of everything they do.

A message from Murray, our CEO

Customer Consultation

After some time exploring the potential ways we could merge our two organisations, we’d like to update you on our findings and what it would mean for you.

The proposal is that LHP will transfer its assets and liabilities (including all of its social housing homes) into Ongo to form one single organisation. Ongo is a registered provider of social housing with charitable status in the same way that LHP is.

What does it mean for me?

If this proposal goes ahead your landlord would change and become the new, joint company. It is likely that we will have a new joint name for our new organisation, which would be LHP Ongo (or similar) to reflect the brand and heritage of each organisation.

Your rights however will not change should the proposed transfer take place. Most importantly:

  • Your tenancy agreement and the rights associated with it would not change.
  • The rent and/or service charges you pay and how this is calculated, would remain the same.

About this consultation

We are carrying out this consultation with our customers in line with the standards issued by the Regulator of Social Housing, and we’d love to hear from you with your thoughts about the proposed merger with Ongo.

Your feedback will be shared with our Board when they consider whether or not to proceed with the proposed merger. You will be informed once we reach a decision on this, which we’re expecting to be early in the new year.

Attached to this letter is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that will give you more information and will hopefully answer any questions you may have. There is also more information on our website.

You can view a brochure all about the merger and this consultation at: https://bit.ly/lhp-merger-info

Your feedback

We’re an organisation that is committed to ‘Listen, Act and Learn’, one of our core values. That’s why your feedback is so important to us. You’ve got until 10th December to share any feedback with us. Below are all the ways you can get in touch with us.

  • Online: Complete our online form by scanning the QR code below, or by visiting: https://bit.ly/lhpmerger
  • Email us: at info@lincolnshirehp.com with the Subject “Merger Consultation”.
  • Call us: 0345 604 1472 and ask to give your opinion on the “Merger Consultation”.

The consultation will be open until 10th December 2023.

Frequently Asked Questions

Consultation Brochure