Housing charity absorbed by larger organisation

Central & Cecil takes over running of Cara Irish Housing Association

London-based housing charity Cara Irish Housing Association has been absorbed into larger housing charity Central & Cecil.

Cara's projects, which provide affordable housing primarily for Irish people living in London, Luton and the Midlands, will continue to be separately branded, but its board has been disbanded. A Cara tenant will sit on the Central & Cecil board instead.

Chris Robinson, director of fundraising and communications at Central & Cecil, which provides housing for vulnerable people in London, said Cara had been actively seeking a partner to take the organisation forward.

He said its board had chosen Central & Cecil because it was a specialist housing association with a strong history of working with Irish tenants. He said: "We are financially sound, which gives people security in these troubled economic times."

He said some of Cara's 45 staff would join Central & Cecil, which employs nearly 400 people, but others had left of their own accord. Robinson said he did not foresee the need for any compulsory redundancies.

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