Hanover has been housing and supporting people in Scotland for more than forty years.
Our core purpose is to help older people feel safe and secure at home and to live fulfilling and independent lives. This sums up our commitment to housing for life.
We provide and manage a wide range of housing and services, mainly for older people. We currently manage more than 5,000 homes throughout Scotland.
We provide a range of housing and tenure types to meet the different support needs of older people, allowing them to retain their independence within a local community and enjoy as much privacy or company as they wish.
Our purpose and values
To help older people feel safe and secure at home and to live fulfilling and independent lives.
To achieve our vision we have four key values:
- Above and beyond;
- Simple solutions for life;
- Putting the customer first;
- Health, happiness & independance.
We are committed to providing the highest standards of service for all our customers and we use the following principles to achieve our goals:
- We will provide well designed, well maintained, affordable, warm and modern housing; Simple solutions for life;
- We will find simple and practical solutions that make a real difference to the lives of our customers;
Health, happiness & independance.
- We will build positive and lasting relationships with our customers and stakeholders;
- We will aim to exceed our customer’s expectations and to provide high quality personalised services that enhance their quality of life;
- We will create and will continually look for new ways of working which will add value and develop our people;
- We will be passionate about housing and support, which are at the heart of an active, healthy and connected community.
“Putting the customer first” is one of our key values. We have rigorous customer service standards in place and are working towards achieving customer service excellence in all of our areas of operation.
We actively encourage complaints and suggestions and if you would like to notify us about something, please click the link below.
1979 was a big year for Hanover as the organisation split to become Hanover England and Hanover (Scotland).
As Hanover Scotland celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2019, we thought we would list some of the other landmark events that took place in a memorable year:
- Margaret Thatcher becomes the UK’s first female Prime Minister
- Nottingham Forest win their first European Cup under Brian Clough
- Queen Elizabeth’s cousin, Lord Mountbatten, is assassinated by the IRA
- Not the Nine O’Clock News airs for the first time, helping Rowan Atkinson, Griff Rhys Jones, Mel Smith and Pamela Stephenson to become household names
Prior to this we were part of Hanover Housing Association (England) which is still in operation today.
Looking for Hanover England?
Don’t worry, we get asked all the time! Please click on the link below if you are looking for housing in England.
Hanover England – www.hanover.org.uk
We are a non-profit making organisation, run by a board of volunteers whose members receive no remuneration for their services. The daily management of the organisation is overseen by our Chief Executive, Helen Murdoch, a team of Chief Officers and more than 600 staff located throughout Scotland.
We are a registered charity with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) and a registered housing association with the Scottish Housing Regulator.
To find out more about these governing bodies, please visit their websites:
Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) – https://www.oscr.org.uk/
Scottish Housing Regulator – https://www.scottishhousingregulator.gov.uk/
Put simply, our people are the most valuable asset we have, because without our staff we could never reach the high levels of service that we constantly strive to achieve for our customers.
That’s why we have a network of more than 600 dedicated staff members located across Scotland who work day (and often night) to ensure that every resident receives the best possible service.
We are also Investors in People Silver Accredited.
Click on the link below to meet our team of Chief Officers.
Innovations and partnerships
We like to think that an organisation never moves forwards by standing still and we are no exception! That’s why we are looking at the latest innovations to help our customers live more independent and active lives.
Whether that’s through new technology or ways that we can improve community engagement, we are always looking at the next opportunity to grow our organisation.
At Hanover, we have over 40 years’ experience in developing and managing housing and providing support to residents. Over the years, we have received several awards recognising our excellence in a number of areas.
Hanover Scotland has a proven track record of accreditations demonstrating our commitment as an organisation to our purpose and values.
Access to information
Hanover Scotland is keen to make sure that information about the way we work and the services we provide is easy to find.
Guide to the information we publish
We follow the Scottish Information Commissioner’s guidance and use the Model Publication Scheme to organise our information into nine classes. Click here to access the Guide to Information.
If you have any questions, queries or suggestions about how to improve our published information or this guide, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out how we handle your personal information when you request access to information, please read our Privacy and Cookies notices. Our Freedom of Information and Environmental Information Policy is here.
How to access your Personal Information
Under the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 you are entitled to find out what personal information we hold about you and request a copy of the personal data. You can exercise this right by submitting a Subject Access Request using the following contact details:
95 McDonald Road, Edinburgh EH7 4NS
Upon receipt of a Subject Access Request, we will ask you to complete a form to ensure we have all the necessary information to be able to conduct a timely and efficient search. We will respond to all requests within one calendar month. We will not charge you for a Subject Access Request, unless we find the request to be manifestly unfounded or excessive.
More information about how to submit a Subject Access Request and your data protection rights can be found in our Privacy and Cookies Notices
How to access Environmental Information
Anyone can submit a request to access any environmental information we hold under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIR). If you would like to access to any environmental information we hold, you can submit your request by using the following contact details:
95 McDonald Road, Edinburgh EH7 4NS
We will respond to all requests for environmental information within 20 working days. After which we will either provide you with the requested information or issue a refusal notice if we decide to withhold the information. If we decide to withhold information, we will explain how we have made this decision in the refusal notice.
If the information requested is particularly voluminous or complex, we may extend the response period to 40 working days and will advise you of this in writing before the end of the initial 20 day period.
Schedule of Charges
The EIR allows us to recover costs associated with photocopying, printing and postage when responding to a request for information. We will not charge for time spent by employees when evaluating EIR requests to determine whether information should or should not be provided.
Our charges will be based on the following:
- Employee time: Average hourly rate of pay for the grade of the employee responding to the request, up to a maximum of £20 per hour per employee.
- A4 or A3 copies: 10p for black & white or 45p for colour.
- Postage: Charged at current Royal Mail cost for 2nd Class postage.
We will not charge for requests for information that takes us less than 4 hours to find and most requests for information will be responded to by email which will help to reduce the costs. If it takes us more than 4 hours to retrieve, we may ask you to pay the cost up to a maximum of £500.
Notice of Fees
If we intend to apply a charge for the information request we will issue you a Fees Notice as soon as possible. The fees notice will include a description of the charges, how they have been calculated and how you can make payment. If the charges exceed £500, we will advise you in the fees notice how you can reduce the charges by narrowing down your search.
You have up to 60 working days to decide whether to pay the fees notice or take up our offer of advice on how to reduce or avoid the charges. We will not be able to issue you the requested information until the fee has been paid.
If we do not receive a reply from you within 60 working days of the fees notice, we will assume that you have withdrawn your request.
How to appeal against our decision
If you are not satisfied with our response to your EIR request, you can appeal or challenge our decision within 40 days from receiving our decision. Upon receipt of your appeal, we will conduct an internal review to make sure we have responded correctly to your original request for information. We will inform you of the outcome of the review within 40 working days of receiving the complaint.
If, after the outcome of our review, you are still dissatisfied with our decision you can appeal directly to the Scottish Information Commissioner.
The Scottish Information Commissioner
How to access information under the Freedom of Information Act
If you would like to request access to information that is not personal or environmental information, then your request is likely to fall under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).
If you would like to submit an access to information request under the Freedom of Information Act, please send your request to the email address below. We will review your request and reply to you with our decision.
Freedom of Information, 95 McDonald Road, Edinburgh EH7 4NS