New 15-year management agreement to be developed for Wolverhampton Homes
Published by Kate Hughes for Wolverhampton Homes in Housing and also in Local Government
Wolverhampton City Council’s cabinet has approved the development of a new 15-year management agreement for Wolverhampton Homes at a meeting last night (Thursday 3 January).
Wolverhampton Homes is an Arm’s Length Management Organisation, which looks after Wolverhampton City Council’s 23,500 homes.
The Council report highlighted that Wolverhampton Homes has increased customer satisfaction, developed a strong working relationship with the Council and offers good value for money.
It stated that the amount of time it takes to prepare empty homes for letting was down from 71 days to 18 days as a result of Wolverhampton Homes’ work.
It also emphasised the importance of Wolverhampton Homes’ investment in tenancy support in helping customers prepare for welfare reform.
The agreement will be developed ahead of the conclusion of Wolverhampton Homes’ existing ten year contract which runs to October 2015.
Now the Sustainable Communities Scrutiny Panel will consider the matter and their approval will be sought prior to the agreement being signed.
Councillor Peter Bilson, Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration and Prosperity said: “Since Wolverhampton Homes was established in 2005, tenants have seen an improvement to their service and better value for money.
“I’m pleased to be working with Wolverhampton Homes to develop a new management agreement over the coming months, which will ensure that housing services for Council tenants will continue to improve.
“I’d like to thank all the staff at Wolverhampton Homes who have worked so hard over the past seven years.”
Sue Roberts MBE, Chair of Wolverhampton Homes and the National Federation of ALMOs, said: “I’m proud of the difference that Wolverhampton Homes has made to tenants’ lives and the city.
“I look forward to continuing our close working relationship with Wolverhampton City Council and delivering further improvements.
“I think this sends a clear message that ALMOs offer a real opportunity to local authorities to improve services and achieve better value for money.”