Funding delays put performance scores at risk
The government's housing watchdog has admitted that arm's-length management organisations' inspection scores could suffer because of government funding delays.
The news will come as a blow to ALMOs on rounds three, four and five of the programme, along with those trying to access the sixth and final round of funding. Most of these have been waiting for confirmation of funding from the government for at least six months. I
n a statement the Audit Commission said it was aware of ALMOs' concerns but was unable to compromise on its rating regime. ‘We will always listen to inspected bodies but the inspection process and its methodology is very clear and our priority will always be to encourage and ensure that housing organisations provide the high standards of services to tenants that they deserve, regardless of circumstance.'
Gateshead Housing Company wrote to the Communities and Local Government department earlier this year after twice agreeing to alter its spending plans following pressure from the government.
In the letter chief executive Bill Fullen said the constantly changing plans ‘may also impact on the judgement by the commission inspector in any subsequent inspection of the company's ability to deliver a published programme of works'.
Mr Fullen told Inside Housing that the funding delays had made it more difficult for the company to plan ahead accurately.