Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Chris Webb's posts

  • Posted in: Panorama on subletting

    Chris Webb's post | 13/05/2011 12:28 pm

    The solution that fits the needs of most people would be for them to have access to affordable housing. As neither the Market not the Private Sector can provide the scale of housing required to make it affordable, simply because to do so means reduced unit profits, then this can only be provided by social investment.Iin short therefore, the very same actions that were taken the last time there was a housing crisis on this scale and the economy was broke are needed now - namely a programme of social house building of a size and scale sufficient to reduce unit costs such that all can afford them, and to provide all who chose to be a social tenant to be one.

    Were this done then the market for this sort of sub-letting would not exist.

  • Posted in: Overcrowding with rent arrears

    Chris Webb's post | 12/05/2011 5:16 pm

    Whilst the rules are general, and rent arrears will normally be a barrier to moving, each case is individual and so can be argued on its' own merit.

    If the rent arrear is old, or linked to a previous situation of risk, harm, or other relationship stress, is there an argument for any write-off?

    Would a move to alternative accomodation mean the Council saved money, for instance, on paying the high private rent - or would the arrears be more likely to be met if the tenant was not having to pay such a high private rent for unsuitable accomodation?

    Would the circumstances that require supporting qualify for special consideration, or even a charitable intervention to assist, for instance to avoid disproportionate risk of harm to either of the under-25s?

    Could the 18-year old be considered for independent accomodation as a way of releiving the overcrowding?

  • Posted in: Panorama on subletting

    Chris Webb's post | 11/05/2011 10:03 am

    Not quite Gavin - abolishing RTB does not prohibit aspiration to own being fulfilled, it just prevents the private ownership of public assets.

    It is dispicable of Shapps and his like to bang on about tenancies for life being wrong as blocking public assets for the needy and then at the same time support selling of those assets, removing them from access to the needy for ever.

    Those aspiring to own property can do so on the private market - they do not need to remove a public asset in the process. If they must buy their Council house then why not introduce a scheme whereby they must identify a private sector one of the same value which can be converted to rented and co-purchased, otherwise they will not qualify to buy the one they rent now. Simple and fair, plus affordable as the exchange is like for like!

  • Posted in: Panorama on subletting

    Chris Webb's post | 10/05/2011 3:51 pm

    I do not argue with your points Gavin

    However, one of the areas that I agree with the Minister on is that a house is a home not a commodity. The best way of achieving this Ministerial aspiration is to ensure that everyone has access to decent, suitable, affordable housing. The market has not and will not provide the supply as this is not profitable. The Private Sector will not provide the affordability as this is not sufficiently profitable for their short term business planning. The only proven method for achieving the Minister's aims is to use investment to provide housing for social level rents in such numbers that they no longer need to be rationed.

    My complaint is that the Minister professes an aspiration but is never challenged on his opposition to achieving it.

  • Posted in: Panorama on subletting

    Chris Webb's post | 10/05/2011 12:23 pm

    Alpha is to correct to say the reasons for the short supply of housing is more complex than simply the right to buy - but it is also simple in that complexity. The market led consumerisation of society politics meant that a supply deficit had to be created in order to make profitability a better potential. This created the housing market which the Tories love and Labour embraced. As with the food futures market this has nothing to do with best value for money, nor consumer choice. It has everything to do with making the most profit from the smallest investment over the quickest time, and beggar the consequences in terms of human of social loss. The use of taxpayer funding to subsidise profitablility in place of increasing supply is, in my book, criminal.

    However - none of this is an excuse for subletting. It is a reason to dump the damaging consumerisation of housing (something even Shapps agrees with) and bring back regulation and investment to increased supply (both of which Shapps disagrees with).

    Gavin - some of the criticism of Panorama is justified, especially as the journos concerned claim to be investigative journalists, not just hacks who can trot out a press release or repeat a thread of spin.

  • Posted in: Rising Stars

    Chris Webb's post | 09/05/2011 4:18 pm

    now I've typed it twice - perhaps 'thinks' being replaced with 'things' would be better!

  • Posted in: Rising Stars

    Chris Webb's post | 09/05/2011 4:17 pm

    With a prize of spending the day watching Mr Tweet - I think not (plus the term rising has levels of either youthful or alertness that would preclude me!)

    However, if through popular acclaim the sentiment 'if the Minister stopped tweeting his loathing of all thinks social other than networking and started promoting the sector for its positives, then the objective of the question will have been achieved' is agreed then I will enter on behalf of the maligned public sector workers (can we share the prize?)

  • Posted in: Rising Stars

    Chris Webb's post | 09/05/2011 3:33 pm

    A 450 word item is asked for to enter on the subject: “How do we tackle the problem that the word ‘social’ is good when followed by ‘networking’ and bad when followed by ‘housing’?”

    Surely the word allowance is too great:

    Simply stop the Tory inspired demonisation of Social Housing and Social Housing tenants. Instead promote the benefits of a tenureship that, once reinstated as the renting norm, can provide safe and secure housing at an affordability level that allows people, regardless of financial background, to invest in their wider life choices and priorities. 

    Back when towns such as Welwyn Garden City were built, social housing was in growing supply and aimed at housing anyone who wished to live their. The success of such vibrant community thinking is plain for all to see, except it would seem for the areas own MP who instead wants social housing to be for the poorest in society only, with slum style management conditions and no hope nor opportunity.

    So simply put - if the Minister stopped tweeting his loathing of all thinks social other than networking and started promoting the sector for its positives, then the objective of the question will have been achieved.

  • Posted in: Panorama on subletting

    Chris Webb's post | 06/05/2011 5:30 pm

    Agreed Alpha - I do not see it as his asset to dispose of or utilise other than as prescribed by the tenancy agreement. The comment is more to the point of the prevailing 'moral' set being used to approach all things caring.

    This individual is a disgrace - and as an officer of the law should really be setting a better example than a Member of the House of Lords or another parliamentarian. It would tickle my funny bone though to find out if he had sublet the home to an MP previously who had then claimed a second home allowance on it - that really would be the icing on the biscuit.

    I think other posters have been accurate in stating that this issue must not be in place of concentrating on the real issues of lack of supply and affordability. Letting our masters of the hook each time they can come up with an example of abuse would be wrong. As we know, abuses are rarer than the proportion reported - if the media printed a story about every non-subletter and every non-benefit fraud case newspapers would be multi edition phone book sized publications every day.

  • Posted in: Mutual Exchange

    Chris Webb's post | 06/05/2011 4:22 pm

    It is most likely going to include outline details of the services you can expect, and what you will be expected to be responsible for. Most importantly there will be a form to complete which I am guessing the landlord uses to set up their initial tenancy details - e.g. who you are, what your needs may be, etc. I'd also expect there to be something to indicate preferred payment options.

    It could also be directly related to the exchange which may need the landlord to be satisfied you are a fit person to occupy their property. This may therefore include release forms where you give permission for them to check for details, including those held by your current landlord. As you have signed the forms already then I'm guessing this stage has been completed already.

    To be sure it is best to ask whoever is sending the form to you. If you are at all unsure about the forms the show them to someone you trust, or take them to an advice centre for them to assure you. Likewise, if it is completing them that gives you concern either landlord, or the advice centre should be able to assist you.

    It's not easy to be exact on the information given, but I hope some of this at least helps.

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