Tom Lloyd's posts
As ever Chris you put together an eloquent argument, however you do slightly gloss over the fact that a large amount of the material that is posted in the comment sections is of very little use or interest to anyone. By limiting the number of articles that people can post on we hope to be able to keep a closer eye on what is being said, and hopefully encourage a more positive debate. Organisations with the resources of the BBC and Guardian don’t allow comments on all stories, and we are getting to a point where trying to keep an eye on the comment is taking up an excessive amount of time.
Our aim isn’t to restrict discussion on Inside Housing, just to make it more productive. We’d like people to feel they can use the site to discuss their work and share experiences and ideas with fellow housing professionals. And we are of course interested in reader’s views on policies, and stories – but we are going to select the ones where we think debate is likely to be most constructive.
Posted in: PRS investigation seeks views of tenants
We're not blocking or censoring comments, all we've done is reduce the number of news stories that people are invited to comment on. Feel free to start discussions such as this one if you feel there are issues raised in stories that you'd like to discuss in more detail. As long as they don't breach our normal guidelines they won't be removed. That way the people who want to chat can come here to do so, and the people who just want to read the news can do the same.
I'm sure I did answer this somewhere, but just to clarify, we have taken a new approach to comments on stories. We're not inviting comments on all stories any more, only the ones where we think there is a reasonable discussion to be had. And as far as possible we're going to be trying to take a bit more of an active stance on moderating the discussions, with the aim of allowing a reasonable debate.
This is in response to a lot of feedback we've been receiving from people who use the site but are unwilling to add to the comments because of the nature of the dicussions that often occur.
To respond to Chris' initial question, it seems pretty hard to work out whether the house buiding stimulus will work or not at this stage. I've spent most of the day trying to get more detail on it - hence my lack of attention to the comments - and I'm not much the wiser. A lot may depend on how the £10bn guarantees scheme is going to work, and how the £300m is going to be spent. More tomorrow, hopefully...
Posted in: unreasonable questioning?
Can we cut out the insults please. I'm reluctant to start removing posts from this thread as it does address some interesting questions, and several posts are a mix of useful information and unhelpful comments about other site users, but I will have to if it continues in this manner. Thanks.
Posted in: The Olympics
With less than a month to go until the start of the London Olympics we've got a range of articles about the games on our website this week. You can see them all on our Focus page. Take a look and let us know what you think. Is this a great opportunity for housing, or just a bit of a headache for east London social landlords?
Grant Shapps said something about this at the Chartered Institute of Housing's annual conference last week. You'll find the story here, but to summarise: the government would like to extend the right to buy reforms to the right to acquire, but thinks it would be too expensive to do so in the short term because of the impact it would have on housing association business plans.
Posted in: Time shift
Well spotted, although I am a bit concerned that you noticed. I'll get it fixed. Thanks.
Posted in: Fuel poverty
I think social landlords are keen to continue upgrading their stock, but with decent homes money drying up the question is where will they get the resources to do so? If the green deal doesn't stack up - and John Green has outlined just a few of the problems with it above - then what alternatives are being considered. I've heard of a few landlords that are looking at different options, such as charging higher rents for properties that are more energy efficient, but in most cases there is even more red tape to overcome than there is with the green deal.
Posted in: Fuel poverty
Social housing is generally regarded as being in better condition than much private rented sector stock, but with many tenants on low incomes there is still work to be done to improve the energy efficiency of homes, and reduce fuel poverty. With government schemes to tackle the problems in a degree of disarray, this week’s Focus is looking at what social landlords can do to help cut fuel bills for their tenants. Verco director Duncan Price kicks us off with a look at how the political spat over the ‘conservatory tax’ fits into the wider picture, and we’ve got a range of articles and resources on the subject on our Focus page. Take a look and let us know what you think.
Posted in: Tackling domestic violence
For this week’s Focus we are looking at how housing professionals are working to tackle domestic violence. We’ve got case studies from Peabody and Gentoo, and an overview of the work being done by Against Violence & Abuse, but would welcome any more contributions or opinions.