CASE STUDY - GOV.UK NOTIFY HELPS LAMBETH IMPROVE REPAIRS

Using GOV.UK Notify for SMS with NPS Housing creates savings for Lambeth

CASE STUDY - GOV.UK NOTIFY HELPS LAMBETH IMPROVE REPAIRS

By integrating Notify for SMS with NPS Housing, the London Borough of Lambeth has transformed customer service in Repairs.

Better tenant

Lambeth Council‘s housing team has worked with NPS since 2004. Always on the lookout for ways to improve, they spotted an issue with repairs appointments. Assistant Director of Housing Chris Flynn explains:

“We often found that residents weren’t there to let the contractors in. Or that if teams were running late, there was no easy way to let people know. It could be inconvenient for customers and inefficient for us.”

So Lambeth began using NPS Housing to send SMS messages to customers to streamline contact. They opted to integrate Notify, the GOV.UK service that lets councils send up to 250,000 free text messages per year.

“Sending text messages through GOV.UK Notify is half the price of similar services, and it’s easy to trigger and track them through NPS Housing.”

Jose Garcia, ICT Team Leader, Lambeth Council

Implementing GOV.UK Notify for SMS

As the first NPS Housing customer to use GOV.UK Notify, the teams worked in close partnership so they could get it right.

Lambeth’s new service went live in October 2020 and has delivered immediate results. Customers have a two-hour slot for a repair visit and receive a courtesy SMS message when teams are one hour away.  Customers are now more likely to be at home when staff arrive and satisfaction with the service is improved.

“We were happy to be the early adopters because we knew we’d reap the rewards,” says Lambeth’s ICT Team Leader, Jose Garcia. “We knew NPS Housing would help us make good use of SMS.  With GOV.UK Notify, we’ve also got a low cost way to send them.”

“We’re sending 25,000 free texts a month in Repairs alone. It’s so effective, we’re now looking to roll it out to other areas.”

Chris Flynn, Assistant Director Housing, Lambeth Council
250,000
250,000
texts available for free through GOV.UK Notify
33,000
33,000
properties managed
25,000
25,000
texts sent per month in Repairs alone
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