NFA core values
Members of the NFA aspire to provide excellent, value for money and customer-led housing services for residents in partnership with their local councils.
Members will seek to develop innovation and continuous improvement in providing, managing and maintaining affordable homes in sustainable neighbourhoods.
Members will be open and accountable organisations that actively promote equality and social cohesion.
Members will remain rooted in their local community and will work in partnership with others to help deliver locally determined priorities.
Members will share good practice and help support other members of the NFA.
As the National Federation of ALMOs (NFA), we aim:
The National Federation of ALMOs is the trade body representing 50 arms length management organisations (ALMOs). The NFA represents the interests of ALMOs at national level. In addition to lobbying and negotiating with central government on behalf of ALMOs, the NFA runs a website, organises events, regional meetings and an annual conference for its members as well as providing advice, training and briefings. Membership is also available to other organisations that share the core values of the NFA and have an ethos of delivering customer-led housing services.
In recent years it has been a time of significant change for the NFA's members, with new ALMOs being created, and existing members diversifying to to provide communities with more focused or additional frontline services or forming new types of organisations in order to deliver better services to residents and their home local authorities. A small number of ALMOs have also been taken back in-house by their parent councils or have become stock transfer or mutual organisations.
Although most ALMOs were set up initially to access decent homes funding, the new generation ALMOs; Welwyn Hatfield Community Housing Trust, East Kent Housing and Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing, were established outside the ALMO funding regime, thus demonstrating the flexibility of the ALMO model in delivering tenant empowerment and locally focused services.
The NFA was established in 2003 when there were less than 20 ALMOs. After a widespread organisational and structural review, the NFA AGM in 2008 agreed a new constitutional framework and, in December 2008, the NFA became a limited company. The work of the NFA is overseen by a Board of ALMOs elected by members across the four regions (Northern, Midlands, South west, London and Southern). Elections take place every two years.
The NFA does not employ staff directly but instead, appoints a managing agent. In December 2012, after a detailed consultation with its members, the NFA appointed CIH Consultancy and partners HouseMark as the new managing agent from May 2013 for a period of three years, with an option for a further extension of two years. CIH Consultancy will draw on its wide-ranging experience in the social housing industry to maintain the NFA’s current services as well as growing the organisation in new directions. HouseMark will provide member organisation services and run the NFA’s website. CIH Consultancy and HouseMark are supported by The Public Affairs Company (PAC) and Acceleris Marketing Communications Ltd, who are sub-contracted to deliver the parliamentary and communications elements of the service.
As the representative body for the ALMO movement, the NFA has achieved a lot, among its notable successes the organisation has: