Manchester ALMO given 30-year contract extension
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Local Government
Northwards Housing housing
A Manchester ALMO has had its contract extended to 2042.
Manchester City Council last night voted to extend Northwards Housing's management agreement by 30 years, with five-year reviews.
The news comes at a time when some councils are closing down their ALMOs (arms length management organisations) as they look to make savings.
The council said that Northwards provided an "overall high quality service" as well as "good value for money".
A tenant survey carried out earlier in the year found that 88% of respondents were happy for the ALMO to continue to manage their homes.
Northwards took over the management of 13,500 council homes in north Manchester in 2005, and says that it has invested £millions in bringing homes up to a good standard, tackling anti-social behaviour and getting tenants into work.
Sue Ratchford, chair of Northwards Housing, said: “I am very pleased that Manchester City Council wants to work with us for the next 30 years.”
Robin Lawler, chief executive of Northwards Housing, added: “It shows that they have faith in Northwards and that they want us to continue the excellent work we have already done in north Manchester. At Northwards, we are about more than just homes.
“We want to work with the council and other partners to make the area a great place to live, while improving people’s chances of getting a job and getting a good education.”
Cllr Jim Battle, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “We are extremely pleased with the way that Northwards have gone the extra mile for Manchester residents, consistently striving for better homes and a better service.
“In a climate where many ALMOs are being disbanded, we are confident that Northwards are the best option for council tenants in North Manchester, and we look forward to their continuing commitment in the next 30 years.”