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Monday, December 20, 2010

Another ALMO bites the dust

A rare hat tip to a fellow UNISON blogger who has the news from Newham that their ALMO is coming back in-house (

ALMOs (Arms Length Management Organisations) are a half way house to privatisation foisted upon tenants and local authorities by the last Government, the "raison d'etre" for which has now been destroyed by this Government.

Council housing is far and away the most economic and most democratic means for the provision of social housing and the death of any ALMO is to be welcomed. If even the Mayor of Newham can see what needs to be done, other Labour Councils (with - which would not be hard - more progressive leadership) should surely follow suit.

When massive cuts are being forced through at the behest of a Tory Government there is no case whatsoever to continue the needless expense of duplicate and management structures of an ALMO.

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