Cabinet members agree on the future of KNH

Cabinet members have strengthened the governance of the organisation for the next 12-18 months.

Why has there been a review?

A report has been completed over the last year to ensure that the management arrangements in place are the most effective to deliver a high quality, value for money and safe service for tenants and the Council.

What has been decided?

The Cabinet agreed with the report’s recommendations that KNH should remain an ALMO (Arms Length Management Organisation).

What will happen now?

The KNH Board will be reduced from 15 members to 9 that will be made up of 6 council representatives and 3 tenants’ members. They will be appointed on a skills base which will ensure we can focus more on understanding the needs of the communities we serve, and improve our services to tenants and residents. The new KNH Board and Kirklees Council will jointly appoint a Chief Operation Officer for KNH.

Cllr Cathy Scott, Cabinet Member for Housing, said:

“The circumstances today are different to those when KNH was formed in 2002. At that time, we saw the move to an ALMO (Arm’s Length Management Organisation) as a way of securing huge investment to bring our homes up to standard. This was very successful, but it is right that we ensure that model is still the right one.

“In the light of the Grenfell disaster and the Hackitt report regarding safety, we commissioned the review to ensure governance is the best it can be, for assurance that tenants are safe in their homes and feel their voice is heard, and that we maximise the opportunities to integrate housing services with the Council’s wider services and the health and social care agenda.”

How will this affect KNH and its customers?

It is business as usual. Changes will be made to the board and governance of KNH. The KNH team will continue to focus on providing a great service to its tenants.

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