Brent Council is to conduct a consultation on future arrangements for ownership, investment and management of its housing stock, but has decided to retain the ALMO.
In light of changes to the funding regime for council housing, an independent review was commissioned earlier this year by Brent in order to consider options for the future of its housing stock which is currently managed by Brent Housing Partnership (BHP) – the Council's Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO).
At its July meeting, the Council's Executive agreed the authority should retain its housing stock and consult residents on a new 'optimised ALMO' model of housing management run by the ALMO. The new model would build on the strengths of Brent Housing Partnership's existing approach, and specifically the emphasis that BHP place on resident engagement.
In the meantime the council and BHP will be seeking further improvements and efficiencies to the housing management services, and will be working together over the coming months on three main areas:
- To pull together a new long term management agreement between the council and BHP, setting clear service standards for the management of the housing stock.
- To undertake a full efficiencies review within BHP to consider how to best optimise its services, and in particular to explore how back office functions can be shared with the council.
- To undertake a full governance review of BHP.
Brent Council will start consulting residents in the next few months to get their views on the proposed future management arrangements.
Councillor Janice Long, Lead Member for Housing said: "BHP has a long track record of working with our tenants and residents to deliver high quality housing management services. We are determined to build on the strengths and successes of BHP to drive further service improvements for local people."
Kathy Ellison, Chair of BHP's board said: "We welcome the council's decision and are looking forward to working closely with the council and our residents to provide the best possible service."
A report on findings is expected to go to the Council's Executive in early 2012 regarding a final decision on the future role of BHP.