Wednesday 19 October 2016

Future arrangements for Brent Housing Management to be scrutinised tonight

The Community and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee will tonight discuss a report on the options for the future of Brent Housing Management.

They are due to go before the Cabinet for consideration on November 15th 2016.

These are the options:

1.The Reformed ALMO (Arms Length Management Organisation) is the most straightforward option to implement. No consultation is required after Cabinet in November, and a new management team would be in place by April 2017. Therefore, by April 2017 the implementation of wider transformation should commence and be well advanced over the first half of 2017-18.
2. In-House is the middle ranked option in terms of complexity. There will need to be a consultation (test of opinion) running from December to February before coming back to full Council in March. If in light of the consultation, the Council then decides to proceed with this option, there will need to be a process to transfer the service to the council and the permanent recruitment of a new leadership team by October 2017.
 3. Joint Venture is the most complex option to setup. The first step would be to undertake consultation over 12 weeks on this preferred option and then report to full Council in March 2017. If Cabinet then decided to proceed with this option the process to select a partner and implementing the new JV would follow:
Consultation and Cabinet decision – March 2017
o Partner Identification, selection and approval – 6 months o Negotiating Agreement with partner – 3 months
o Implementation – 3 months
o New organisation established – April 2018.

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