The Council is consulting its tenants about how council housing in Leeds will be managed in the future.
Leaflets have been dropping through letterboxes across the city explaining the proposed changes and asking for comments. There are two organisations managing council housing in our part of the city: Aire Valley Homes manages the bulk, but homes in Belle Isle are managed by the Belle Isle Tenant Management Organisation (BITMO). The Arrangements for Belle Isle are NOT changing and are not affected by this consultation.
Two options are presented. The first is to merge the three Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs) across the city into one new ALMO. The second is to bring the service back inside the Council.
These changes are driven by the need to save money and both seek to reduce duplication of services. It is stressed that in both options the front line teams that deal with tenants day to day will remain as they are currently organised. Presumably this means that changes are to made to “back office” functions and senior posts.
Two events are planned for South Leeds:
- A public meeting at Tenants Hall Enterprise Centre, Middleton on Tuesday 12th March at 6:30pm
- An informal roadshow at Woodhouse Hill Community Centre, Hunslet on Thursday 14th March from 12:00-2:00pm and 4:30-7:00pm
You can download the leaflet and complete the questionnaire on the Leeds City Council Website here. The consultation runs until Friday 29th March 2013.
Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member for neighbourhoods, housing and support services said:
“We want to get the views of tenants, leaseholders and other key stakeholders during this consultation to ensure all views are collated.
“It is important that tenants lie at that the heart of any future model, and that the excellent work already developed by the current ALMOs is retained in whichever future model is chosen.
“I would encourage everyone to take the time to have their say and attend the road shows or public meetings if they have any questions.”