ALMO celebrates first 10 years with new 10-year contract
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Local Government
Colchester Borough Homes (CBH) has celebrated its first 10 years - by signing a new 10-year contract.
CBH's new management agreement with Colchester Borough Council sees it taking on more responsibility for services previously run by the local authority, including homelessness advice work.
Additionally, the current processes managed by the council around the administration of disabled facilities grants and energy performance certificates will also move to CBH.
The ALMO has managed the council's 6,476 homes since 2003.
With council support, CBH has invested £5.8 million since 2009 in bringing more than 2,370 homes up to the government's decent standard, installing 1,161 kitchens, 1,162 boilers and performing 1,053 rewires.
Cllr Tina Bourne, portfolio holder for housing, said: “I am very pleased that we will be continuing our relationship with CBH. Over the last ten years CBH has demonstrated a strong track record in effectively managing the council’s housing properties and it is only right that their work is recognised. I wish them all the very best as the ALMO moves into its 11th year and they continue to build on the great work that has already been carried out.”
Greg Falvey, CBH chief executive, said: “I’m proud of what the ALMO has achieved over the past ten years.
“We’ve improved the living standards of hundreds of local families and we’ve done that by delivering professional services and providing good value for our tenants.
“We remain committed to improving our services to new and existing tenants and to continue to bring our homes up to a decent standard. Following the successful pilot projects, the council has committed to build new houses in the town, which is an exciting time for everyone and we are looking forward to the future.”