ALMO faces axe as council seeks savings

A council is set to bring its arms-length management organisation back in house in a bid to save £400,000.

Redbridge Council is currently reviewing the way its housing stock is managed as the contract for 7,000-home Redbridge Homes is due to expire in 2012.

Four options are currently being explored:

  • Move all housing services to Redbridge Homes
  • Keep the service as it is
  • Share services with another local authority or ALMO
  • Move Redbridge Homes back under council control.

A report going to cabinet in September recommends consulting on closing the ALMO and bringing it back under the council’s control.

The report says this choice would be the most efficient and cost effective, and would result in a more direct link between tenants and the council.

Robin Turbefield, Redbridge Council member for housing, said: ‘While we believe tenants and leaseholders are receiving a good service, we have a responsibility to make sure all of our services are as efficient as possible and are constantly looking at ways to improve services. 

‘I would like to reassure tenants and leaseholders that this consultation process will not affect the day to day running of Redbridge Homes. Residents’ views will be considered in any decision.’

If cabinet agrees with the report a consultation will take place with a further report going to the cabinet in January when a final decision will be made.