Hillingdon winds up ALMO

LB Hillingdon has agreed to wind up its arms-length housing management organisation.

The local authority will now consult with tenants and leaseholders on whether to bring the housing services back in-house. Neil Stubbings, Hillingdons deputy director of housing, told Inside Housing: “Our arms-length management organisation, Hillingdon Homes, has improved housing in the borough and been successful in achieving the decent homes standard two years ahead of schedule. However…. at a time of budget constraints and in the current economic climate, we think its now time to review the future of the ALMO.

If the plan goes ahead, the ALMO is likely to be dismantled in April 2011, which could save £300,000 a year. This would be a month after Ealing council is due to end its contract with its ALMO, Ealing Homes and put the running of its 18,000 homes out to a private contractor.

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