Proposal for improving housing management services in Leeds
After extensive consultation about how housing management services should be run in Leeds, a report will be taken to the council’s executive board in June making a number of recommendations for ensuring the provision of improved and more efficient housing management services.
As part of an eight week process, all 70,000 council tenants received consultation packs as well as being given the opportunity to attend public meetings and road shows about the possible future for housing management services in Leeds.
Just over 60% of the returned responses expressed a preference for all housing services to be provided by the council, compared to 20.9% preferring a single ALMO option and 18.2% who were undecided. Over 82% felt that it is important that they can be involved in how their housing is run.
The review covered all aspects of housing management arrangements and how the council can look to meet rapidly changing housing needs and investment challenges to give tenants high quality, efficient and value for money services.
A report will be presented to the June executive board recommending to approve the proposal of moving forward with the plans and logistics around bringing the services in-house.
Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council said:
“We wanted to make sure we consulted widely on this topic before moving ahead with any proposals.
“We have had a good response from tenants and other stakeholders, and will continue to work with them through these next stages of implementation. I would like to thank all those who took part in the various roadshows and workshops for their input.
“We want our tenants to feel they are getting a quality service whilst realising savings at a time of economic pressure, which has been one of the key focuses of the consultation. These savings can then be reinvested in housing stock and delivering frontline support for tenants.”
Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:
“We have consulted widely with tenants and other key stakeholders to ensure we make the right decision moving forward about how housing services are provided.
“As a council, it’s our responsibility to continually review everything we do to make sure we’re giving the people of Leeds high quality, value for money services. This proposal will build on the very good work undertaken by the ALMOs and seek to provide even better and more efficient services for tenants.
“Since the last review of the ALMOs in 2010, there have been major changes and challenges to the delivery of public services and if the council is to continue to ensure high quality frontline services for tenants then we need to look at where savings can be realised elsewhere in housing management arrangements.
“It is clear both from the public meetings and the consultation results that tenants value locally delivered services and that this must be protected in any future model. We are also committed to tenants continuing to have a significant role in how housing management services are provided and will establish a board with tenant representation to make sure this happens.
“I want to assure staff and tenants that we will continue to work closely with them following consideration and agreement by executive board on the way forward.”
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