One of the main planks of the government’s housing policy is the use of Arms legnth management organisations (Almos). This policy is now in crisis.
Local councils are encouraged to hand over housing stock with the government giving huge sums of money to Almos when housing stock is transferred.
According to a recent report in Inside Housing magazine, Enfield council in north London has put on ice its transfer of housing management to an Almo that was due to manage its stock from this April.
Haringey council in north London is spending money lining up building contractors, without any guarantee of getting the money to do the work.
“The Almo plans of local councils are in complete disarray,” said Paul Burnham of Defend Council Housing (DCH) Haringey.
“Local tenants will be at the House of Commons this Tuesday for the launch of DCH’s new campaigning pamphlet to promote the ‘fourth option’ of direct investment in council housing.
“We will be asking all our local MPs to sign the latest Early Day Motion to allow council tenants a real choice to stay with the council and have decent homes as well.”
Almos already accepted onto the programme have also been left hanging by the delays.
They have already been asked to consider extending work beyond the original 2010 deadline – but despite a crisis meeting with the department last year they have yet to hear officially what they will be required to do.