Council agrees to close ALMO
A London council has approved plans to close its arm’s-length management organisation and manage its 17,000 homes in house.
Cabinet members at Hammersmith and Fulham Council last week agreed to close H&F Homes after a ballot of tenants showed that 70 per cent of those who responded wanted to return to the council. The ALMO will be replaced by a single housing and regeneration department, which is expected to save taxpayers more than £400,000 a year.
H&F Homes was set up in 2004, and is due to complete its decent homes programme in March. The ALMO will close in April.
Lucy Ivimy, cabinet member for housing at Hammersmith and Fulham, said: ‘Now decent homes is coming to an end there is no need for a separate company with duplicated running costs. This move is absolutely vital if we are to protect frontline services and focus on the areas that residents tell us matter the most.’