A report seeking approval to begin a 12 week consultation with residents regarding the arrangements for the future management of Brent’s own housing will be discussed by Brent Council’s Cabinet.
Housing management services for Brent are currently delivered by Brent Housing Partnership (BHP), an arm’s length management organisation (ALMO) which was set-up in by the Council in 2002.
In June, Cabinet commissioned a review of the current arrangements because of the challenges presented by the Government’s housing reforms, cuts to welfare benefits and demand for housing in the borough continuing to outstrip supply. The review was also a response to concerns with BHP’s performance.
The options considered under the review were to continue with BHP on a reformed basis, to bring housing management back under direct council control, or to set up a partnership with another housing provider to deliver the service.
The recommendation being presented to Cabinet is to bring the service back in-house. If the report is approved it will trigger a 12 week consultation, from November 2016 to February 2017. A final decision on future housing management service arrangements would be made in 2017.
Cllr Harbi Farah, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Our number one concern is to look out for the interests of Brent tenants and leaseholders and after careful consideration, the recommendation being presented to us is to bring housing management back under direct council control.”