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Kent councils take back control of housing stock

05/10/2020

Four councils in East Kent have taken back control of housing management services.

Council-owned housing companies increase housing targets in past year

28/04/2020

The lifting of the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) cap has helped council-owned housing companies increase their new-build housing targets by 70% in the past year, a new survey has revealed.

ALMOs unable to replace 31% of Right to Buy sales in 2018

05/04/2019

Local authority housing companies were unable to replace 31% of properties sold under Right to Buy, a new survey has revealed.

Westminster to bring housing almo back in-house

21/09/2018

Westminster City Council has confirmed it will take back control of the arms-length organisation it set up in 2002 to manage its housing.

Councils should give ALEOs ‘careful consideration’ before use, watchdog warns

17/05/2018

The local authority spending watchdog in Scotland has acknowledged the benefits of arms-length external organisations (ALEOs) but warned they require ‘careful consideration’ before adoption.

Kensington & Chelsea announces ‘far-reaching’ review of Grenfell management

02/01/2018

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council has announced a ‘thorough and far-reaching’ review into the arms-length organisation that managed Grenfell Tower.

Examining the future of almos

07/12/2017

In the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, Kensington and Chelsea Council decided to terminate its housing almo. Neil Merrick explores if other councils will now review how they manage their housing stock.

Kensington & Chelsea Council terminates contract with Grenfell Tower managers

28/09/2017

Kensington & Chelsea RLBC has decided to terminate its contract with the arms-length organisation that managed the Grenfell Tower, where 80 people died in a deadly blaze in June.

Scottish Parliament launches probe of arm’s length council operations

23/09/2015

The way in which councils in Scotland use arm’s length bodies to deliver local services is to be examined by MSPs to ensure they are accountable and provide value for money.

Staff vote in favour of new council company for bin collections

12/08/2015

A council-owned company to deliver waste collection services is to be set up in Liverpool, after staff voted in favour of the move.

Council signs 30-year deal with ALMO

05/06/2015

Cheltenham Borough Council and Cheltenham Borough Homes have signed an agreement securing their successful partnership for the next 30 years.

Maude: £2bn saved in quango cull

11/11/2014

Reforming and abolishing public bodies has saved more than £2bn since 2010, according to minister for the cabinet office Francis Maude.

MPs attack the 'mess' of quangos and agencies

10/11/2014

The current system of arms-length government has been blasted by MPs as 'confused' and lacking accountability despite recent reforms.

Government vows to protect forests from transfer to housing body

06/11/2014

Publicly owned forests will be exempt from house building plans put forward by government bodies, following last minute pressure in the House of Lords.

Report: bedroom tax widens north-south divide

20/10/2014

The bedroom tax has hit council tenants in the north of England far harder than those in London, research has revealed.

Council tenants vote for housing transfer

20/08/2014

Durham County Council is set to transfer ownership of its housing stock following a positive ballot of residents.

Hackney plans to take back management of housing

16/07/2014

The management of social housing in Hackney could be returned back to the council in April 2016 following the completion of its Decent Homes programme.

Government agrees £65m debt write-off for Salford

29/05/2014

The Government has given the go-ahead for Salford City Council to transfer the ownership of its social homes, in exchange for writing off £65.1m of historic housing debt.

Gloucester housing deal will see £50m debt written off

09/04/2014

Approval has been given for Gloucester Council to transfer ownership of all its social homes to a housing association in exchange for the government wiping out £50m of historic housing debt.

Durham County Council looks to transfer ownership of homes

25/03/2014

Durham County Council has been granted permission to proceed with its plans to transfer ownership of 19,000 homes to housing management organisations.

Make better use of ALMOs

20/01/2014

Why the National Federation of ALMOs is calling on the Government to make council housing a priority.

Councils urged to learn from Highland power project ‘failure’

09/01/2014

The Audit Commission has warned that councils should learn from the failings of the Highland power project, which landed the council with a £11.5m bill.

Northampton Council to set up housing ALMO

18/12/2013

Northampton Borough Council has agreed to set up a new arm’s length management organisation (ALMO) to manage over 12,000 homes on behalf of the council.

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