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Redbridge looks to scrap Almo

Redbridge Council has proposed scrapping its scandal-hit Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO) and bringing council house servicing back in house.

The proposal is one of the four options being taken to the council cabinet in September as officials look to secure the best way of spending its £23m housing improvement funds.

The housing stock management contract for the ALMO, Redbridge Homes, is due to expire in March 2012. Councillor Robin Turbefield, the cabinet member for housing said the council was committed to shaking up the way it delivers its landlord services.

Other proposals on the table include:

·        Retaining the Almo but folding the all of the council’s housing requirements into its remit

·        Sharing services with other councils

·        Seeking efficiencies within the existing structure

·        Scrapping the Almo altogether

The council is backing the fourth option, claiming it would save almost £400,000 a year.

The ALMO was created in 2007 as a way of channeling the council’s Decent Homes cash.

The former chief executive of Redbridge Homes, Sharon Standell, was sacked earlier this year over concerns about her role in an alleged pay increase awarded to herself. She lost an appeal against the sacking in July.

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