The question was "how much can we make, how fast can we make it and how long can we make it last!
As one of the residents putting Islington Council under siege I am compelled to ask what else would one expect a “major contractor” to say when they have for over five years creaming-off public funds without any effective contract compliance monitoring by Homes for Islington and as repeatedly demonstrated being paid top-whack with public funds for shoddy and on occasion even phantom works. Surely the other side of a balanced report would ask what has led to the onslaught against the ALMO – Homes for Islington (HFI)?
This extreme dissatisfaction with HFI is not something that has developed overnight. Countless leaseholders have successfully taken action at the Leaseholder Valuation Tribunal, and, if tenants had similar vehicles to hold the ALMO and its unskilled (in construction, repairs and maintenance) and unsupervised contractors to account, Islington would need its own venue for hearings with late opening hours! The reason Islington is under siege is because after over five years of squandering public money and these “solid relationships” there is no trust (left)!
Tenants and leaseholders do actually want what councils claim they want to deliver – the best possible deal for tenants and leaseholders, and, based on the Islington experience (like Redbridge and others when residents are actually asked their views and opinions on the value and trust delivered by the ALMOs and their profiteering partners) ALMOs are not the way to deliver it.
Islington says HFI fly away, far away, keep going and don’t come back! This is what residents will also say at the ballot box when the next local elections take place if Islington Council doesn’t stand and deliver an efficient, effective and accountable housing service which is what was promised but not delivered by HFI and its major contractors. Major contractors are not concerned about value and trust but their own futures PROFITS.