Brent to retake charge of housing

Council housing in Brent will cease to be managed by Brent Housing Partnership (BHP) and instead return to direct local authority control.

BHP was set up in 2003 as an arm’s length management organisation (ALMO) overseen by the Council, but this arrangement will now end later in the year.

The decision, taken by the council’s Cabinet, follows a consultation in which 49% of tenants and leaseholders supported the proposal to return housing management to full council control – with 8% opposed.

Cllr Harbi Farah, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This decision will allow us to respond more swiftly to the Government’s housing policies, deliver savings and ensure our tenants and leaseholders receive nothing but the best service in the future.

“Our decision also follows a national trend of local authorities bringing their housing ALMOs back in-house. ”

Joanne Drew, Chair of BHP’s Board of Management, said: “BHP was set up to improve homes as part of the government’s Decent Homes Programme. We have always been committed to working with Brent Council and ensuring local residents are at the heart of the organisation.”

“We will continue to work closely with the council, residents and staff over this transition period to provide modern, efficient and effective services for the benefit of all council tenants and leaseholders.”

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