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Blog: Why doesn't Kensington & Chelsea Council want to assume direct management control of its own housing stock?

Posted 09.10.17
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In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, many local residents expressed the view that the outsourcing of housing management and (in part) major works programmes to the KCTMO had contributed to the disaster. They also called for the TMO to be wound up.

Residents were clear, and continue to insist, that they want the Council's housing stock to be managed directly by the Council. They believe that direct political control of the housing stock by elected councillors is preferable to any outsourcing arrangement.

Recently, LB Kensington & Chelsea has decided to terminate its management agreement with the KCTMO - which will mean that the TMO is going to be wound up.

However, LB Kensington & Chelsea is now urgently meeting housing associations to determine whether they would be willing to manage part or all of the management of the its housing stock.

This puts housing associations in a difficult position. They want to do as much as they can to help the victims of Grenfell and others who have also lost their homes as a result of the disaster. But they know - particularly as the public enquiry evolves - that organisations acting against the express wishes of local residents will not be welcome.

Which begs the question: why can't Kensington & Chelsea recreate a housing department?

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