Hillingdon could take back housing control

LB Hillingdon could be the first authority in the country to take back control of its housing from an ALMO.

Hillingdon Council is currently considering whether to return housing management to the authority after a consultation with all council tenants and leaseholders in the borough. If it goes ahead, Hillingdon Council will be the first authority in the country to make the switch back from using an arms length management organisation (ALMO).

Hillingdon Homes was set up in 2003 and has since completed the Decent Homes programme, with £60m of funding from Government as well as managing the council’s tenancies. Now this funding has been taken up, senior officers and councillors are now looking at whether using Hillingdon Homes is the best way of providing these services. Bringing housing management back to the council would save around £300,000 from the running costs of Hillingdon Homes, says the Council.

A poll was taken of residents’ opinion in December by phone and post. 75% of those polled by post, and 47% of those polled by phone were in favour of returning housing management to the council. 45% of those polled on the phone said they didn’t mind either way. The final decision will be made at a council Cabinet meeting on 18 February.

Cllr Philip Corthorne, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Health and Housing, said: “Over 90 per cent of tenants and leaseholders who indicated a preference want to return housing management to the council.”

 

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