Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting WONEWS to 80360, or email
Leeds City Council to take back housing responsibility
Council housing in Leeds is to be managed directly by the City Council again from this week.
From Tuesday arms length management organisations in the city came to an end and the council became the sole landlord for its housing stock.
The three Leeds ALMOs include West North West Homes Leeds, which covers Horsforth, Aireborough and Otley.
The change was agreed at a meeting of the council’s executive board earlier this year.
The decision to create the new service, Housing Leeds, came after an extensive review of all aspects of housing management, and a consultation with 70,000 tenants and other interested groups.
Tenants are being advised that they don’t need to do anything differently – with the staff, phone numbers, offices and emails – remaining exactly the same for now.
The council says since the ALMOs were created, almost a decade ago, there has been a significant change to housing services, but also to how the council works. It says more than £850m has been spent on council housing stock over the last decade.
A housing management board has been set up – and will retain a mix of political, independent and tenant members, building on the model already in place.
Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said: “As the council housing service moves into council control we will work hard to ensure that areas of existing best practice are replicated across the city to ensure we don’t lose what works well, but will also look to offer the best possible service to all tenants and leaseholders.
“The new service will offer greater consistency across the city and investment in areas where it is most needed. We will be a ‘listening’ organisation which involves a partnership approach with tenants, elected members, contractors and other agencies.
“As we make these changes alongside the impact of the government’s welfare agenda, it is even more important that we strengthen tenant engagement and local delivery arrangements to ensure that we meet the needs of all tenants.”
Comments are closed on this article.