H&F Homes to be brought back in-house

LB Hammersmith & Fulham has agreed to replace arms length body H&F Homes with a single, in-house housing and regeneration team.

More than 17,000 homes will return to council control after Cabinet Members agreed to replace H&F Homes with a single housing and regeneration department, a move which the coucil expects to save more than £400,000 a year. The decision follows a consultation which showed more than 70 per cent of residents in favour of the move.

H&F Homes was set up as an arms length management organisation, or Almo, in 2004 to access £230m Decent Homes funding. More than 17,000 homes will have been brought up to modern standards by the time the programme is successfully completed in March. With the Decent Homes programme set to finish the H&F Homes Board recommended returning the housing management service to H&F Council.

The council is planning to join together H&F Homes with its Housing Options and Regeneration divisions to create a single lean Housing and Regeneration Department. The new department will cover every area of housing, from allocations to housing management, regeneration and affordable housing. The new department will be created from April 2011.

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