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ALMO's future bleak as council meets to discuss dissolution

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing

ALMO's future bleak as council meets to discuss dissolution ALMO's future bleak as council meets to discuss dissolution

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Hackney Council is considering dissolving its ALMO, Hackney Homes, and bringing its housing stock back under its own management.

The council and the board of Hackney Homes have submitted a joint proposal to consult tenants and leaseholders on returning housing management to the local authority in April 2016.

Cabinet will consider the proposals at a meeting next week, and, subject to agreement, the consultation will begin in August.

Hackney Homes was created in 2006 in order to access external investment to fund the decent homes programme (DHP).

The ALMO has delivered its objective and the DHP, which will be completed by March 2015, has led to more than 6,000 kitchens and bathrooms being upgraded and windows replaced at more than 16,000 properties.

The agreement between Hackney Homes and the council expires on 31 March 2016, and there is a legal requirement to consult with "secure and introductory" tenants before any changes are made to housing management arrangements.

Leaseholders will also be included in the consultation.

Charlotte Graves, chief executive of Hackney Homes said: “The council and Hackney Homes board feel that now is the right time to consult residents about the future management of housing in Hackney and we’re keen to hear the views of as many residents as possible.

“Should cabinet agree, we will be working together to deliver that consultation over the summer, and we will be ensuring that tenants and leaseholders understand the options. The Council and Hackney Homes have a good relationship and a strong partnership and the consultation will be built on that.”

Tim Shields, chief executive of Hackney Council, said: ”Hackney Homes was primarily set up to deliver the decent homes programme which will be successfully completed next year.

“Hackney Council is proud of its strong partnership with Hackney Homes and we see the proposal to consult with tenants and leaseholders on this joint recommendation as another example of this."

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