Wigan set to shut down ALMO

Wigan Council moves closer to bringing its ALMO, Wigan and Leigh Homes, back in house after public backing for the move.

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Wigan Borough Council will this week decide formally if the ALMO will move back in house or not.

In a report that will be considered by councillors this week, savings made to the council are £1m this year with more savings expected in the few years after.

Wigan are looking to plug a hole of £43m and bringing the ALMO in house is expected to save £5.5m.

In a public consultation, only 14 of 171 respondents said the move wouldn’t be good, effectively green lighting the move.

The report reads: “The reintegration of Wigan and Leigh Homes provides opportunities to improve outcomes for tenants, but also realise significant financial savings through removing the cost of running a separate company, efficiency savings, and better use of the housing Revenue Account.”

The council say benefits of bringing WALH under the council’s organisational umbrella with other health and social care services include making efficiency savings which can be ploughed back into frontline services and greater opportunities for more regeneration projects.

Wigan were one of the first councils to transfer their stock to an ALMO in 2001.

In 2010, the council received the third biggest budget cut in the country has seen its budget cut by 40% in that time.

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