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Monday, 21 March 2016

What is the Story with Brent Housing Partnership?

The Kilburn Times has an intriguing story that Brent Housing Partnership is "in special measures".  I am not sure what that means, but the tenor of the story implies that BHP has been serious mismanaged.

This is quite a change from recent history.  When Brent Council had traditional style Council housing back in the late 1990s, its housing department was seen as quite good (although I have been told that that was rather flattering).  That is why is was allowed to become an ALMO and was given a huge grant to bring housing up to "Decent Homes" standard.  When Labour came back in in 2010, we were wondering what to do about housing and commissioned a study into efficiency compared to other areas.  As I recall Brent was judged as good as its peers at that time.

The current poor performance has therefore only developed in recent years.  The six month programme mentioned in the Kilburn Times story implies some fairly drastic shock treatment.  It would be interesting to learn more about what the failures are. 

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