Brent consults on end of ALMO

Brent Council has opened a consultation on the management of its council housing which could result in it taking matters back in house.

Since 2002, around 11,500 local homes have been managed by Brent Housing Partnership (BHP) which is a company owned by the council but operates independently.

The council no longer believes that BHP is serving the best interests of tenants or leaseholders and wants to make improvements. It also believes that a different approach is needed as the cash available to spend on housing is falling due to changes in Government policy nationally.

The consultation follows a review of council housing arrangements in Brent which considered the following options: bringing the service back under direct council control; continuing with BHP but with changes or entering into a partnership with another organisation.

The review found that some progress had been made in a number of areas but despite this, the also found that important areas of concern remain which are reflected in poor levels of customer satisfaction particularly when it comes to repairs, anti-social behaviour and overall satisfaction.

The council’s preferred option would be to bring council housing management back under direct council control.

Cllr Harbi Farah, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We know that BHP is not performing very well. We know that things are going to get more difficult because of the Government’s cuts so we have to do something to improve housing services. Our preferred option is to bring housing management under direct council control but we are launching this consultation because we want to hear from our tenants and leaseholders before we decide what to do.”

The council has now started a 12 week consultation which ends on 17 March 2017.

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