Council to create new 12,000-home ALMO
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing
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Northampton Borough Council has confirmed plans to set up a new ALMO (arm’s length management organisation) to manage 12,100 homes on its behalf.
The decision, which was made at a council meeting last week, has been welcomed by the The National Federation of ALMOs (NFA).
Eamon McGoldrick, NFA managing director, said: “I am delighted that Northampton Borough Council has decided to set up an ALMO. Two of the primary objectives will be to improve services and to develop a tenant centred approach. ALMOs have a strong track record in both areas and we will be pleased to provide any assistance to residents and staff to help set up the organisation over the next 12 months.”
The council will now begin the process of setting up the organisation which is expected to go live in January 2015.
It will be the fourth ALMO to be created in the past three years after East Kent Housing (2011), Cornwall Housing (2012) and Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing (2013), were established.
Councillor Mary Markham, cabinet member for housing, said: “We want to make sure that our tenants receive a high standard of service from their landlord and that they will have better homes in the future. Our tenants quite rightly have high aspirations for the service they want. They have looked through all of the information and decided an ALMO is the best way forward so we are happy to support them in this as we help them in making this a reality.”
Once live it will become England’s 48th ALMO.