Local Lib Dems have launched a campaign to stop the scrapping of Derby Homes

December 11, 2012 11:15 AM

Local Lib Dems have launched a campaign to stop Derby City Council's Labour Cabinet from scrapping Derby Homes and returning the management of council housing to the City Council.

It is only 19 months since the Council renewed Derby Homes'contract for a further 10 years following detailed analysis and consultation with tenants. Keeping Derby Homes as an arms length management organisation (ALMO) was supported by 90% of tenants who responded to consultation.The new contract with Derby Homes was signed because it was the best way to manage council housing through efficiency, flexibility, innovation, speed of action, value for money and tenant involvement.

Lib Dem Housing Spokesperson Cllr Bob Troup said, "Given this situation, it is madness to now consider bringing Derby Homes back into the Council.The savings that might be made in eliminating duplication and streamlining services will be greatly outweighed by the loss of morale, decline in performance, loss of tenant trust, decline in innovation, slower speed of action and reduced efficiency.That was the conclusion 19 months ago.The Council made the right decision for tenants then and should not renege on that now."

Lib Dem group leader Cllr Hilary Jones said "Local Liberal Democrats are committed to doing everything we can to fight the Labour cabinets plan to scrap Derby Homes. We have started a petition calling on the cabinet not to scrap Derby homes". If you want to support our campaign to stop Labour scrapping Derby Homes please sign our petition which is availalbe on line at http://campaigns.libdems.org.uk/page2057