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

Consultation begins on ALMO's future Consultation begins on ALMO's future

Hackney Council has agreed to consult with tenants and leaseholders on a proposal to take back the management of its housing stock from its ALMO, Hackney Homes.

The consultation, which started yesterday, will give residents a chance to have their say on the proposal.

Rupert Tyson, chair of Hackney Homes board, said: “Hackney Homes and Hackney Council value the opinions of our residents. Now cabinet have agreed our joint recommendation to consult on the return of housing management to council, we will make every effort to ensure we engage as many tenants and leaseholders possible during this process.”

Hackney Homes was set up in 2006 to deliver the decent homes programme and has replaced windows at more than 16,000 properties and upgraded more than 6,000 kitchens and bathrooms.

Although the decent homes programme is due to end next year, investment in tenants’ homes will continue.

Councillor Philip Glanville, cabinet member for housing, said: “Hackney Homes was primarily set up to deliver the decent homes programme which will be successfully completed in 2015.

"While Hackney Homes has achieved a lot more, including improving the services that residents receive, with the contract between the two organisations coming to an end in April 2016 and the further savings needed, now is the right time to review this arrangement.”

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