Friday, October 13, 2006

Performance Assessment

The auditors from the CPA are in Birmingham, peeking into nooks and crannies and trying to work out how effective the council is.

They've been shown a successful operating community based housing organisation in Northfield, one that was described in an LSE report last year as a 'model of progress'
'in improving housing performance in terms of reduced voids, increased repair, increased tenant involvement, much intensified neighbourhood management, training of super caretakers in multi-skilled, community oriented, hands-on maintenance, cleaning and other front line care. The district has played an important role in experimenting with new ideas of neighbourhood management. Politicians of different parties and the local MP have played a supportive role in ensuring ground-level progress within a devolved structure. There has also been considerable local work on stock condition and a range of investment options.'

It has been a success, no doubt about it. The CBHO is approaching the point where it should be able to stand up as a proper Tenants Management Organisation and take the landlord functions down to a local level, where it can be properly responsive to the people.

Problem is, the Tory leadership of the council doesn't like that sort of thing. They want to roll back on the whole devolution of power idea - which partly explained this week's decision to pull the plug on the Druids Heath Tenants Management Cooperative. Additionally, the TMC has some nice land that the council needs to flog off to fund their half-hearted attempts to meet the Decent Homes Standard.

So, sadly, the Northfield CBHO may not know it yet, but a similar axe will be hovering over their heads.

3 comments:

Simon said...

"They want to roll back on the whole devolution of power idea - which partly explained this week's decision to pull the plug on the Druids Heath Tenants Management Cooperative."

Not that I have any respect for the Birmingham Tories in general and Cllr John Lines in particular, but the linked report suggest the Druids Heath TMC was pretty appallingly managed, no?

PoliticalHack said...

It is being spun that way, certainly, but things that I have heard suggest that the public line may not be the whole truth. There's also the argument about whether the alleged mismanagement is justification enough for recentralising the whole thing or whether alternative methods could have been used to resolve the problems and keep the operation managed locally.

I'll be interested to see what the auditors say when they've had a dig through the Druids Heath books.

Harry Perkins said...

Let battle commence...

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