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Arm's Length Management Organisations

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was paid to arm's length management organisations (ALMOs) in each year since 2000; how much is expected to be paid in each year up to 2010; how many applications for ALMO status are pending; how much is expected to be paid to those applications pending; how many ALMOs have announced they cannot meet the Decent Homes Target by 2010; how much ALMOs have inherited in housing debt; and what plans she has for the development of ALMOs. (109303)

£56 million was allocated to ALMOs in 2002-03, £321 million in 2003-04, £577 million in 2004-05, £854 million in 2005-06 and £845 million is budgeted for 2006-07. Decisions on the 16 applications under round six of the ALMO programme are pending. Communities and Local Government cannot provide forecasts of future funding for existing or proposed ALMOs, which will depend on the outcome of future spending reviews. No ALMOs have formally announced that they will not be able to make all the stock they manage meet the Decent Homes standard by 2010 though, as my right hon. Friend said in her statement on 7 June 2006, Official Report, columns 27-29, we expect some areas to continue beyond 2010 where they are starting late on the Decent Homes programme, or where additional time is needed to ensure value for money, deliver mixed communities and the right balance of refurbishment and new build. ALMOs do not incur housing debt, which remains with local authorities. Our plans for the development of ALMOs were set out in the ‘Review of Arm’s Length Management Organisations’ published on 7 June 2006.