Full time community activist, HA board member
Comment on: Benefit cap has 'failed in its main objectives'
Told you so will be the first thought of the many who warned that this would be the case
Insanity just about describes it now, many separated parents will due to this hideous tax be using their lounge or dining room as a temporary bedroom when their children visit at weekends and holidays how long before DWP decide they have too many bedrooms under this new definition and tax them out as well?
Ms Rolnik has only said what we have been telling government for years, sadly it takes an outside body to get heard, so well said that lady and can you please now look at the human rights abuses perpetrated by ATOS on behalf of the government?
James Joseph Doyle: - I am curious what training do you think they are getting, my experience is that they are shown the stock room and the store and told to fill the shelves.
As some one who has volunteered a lot over the past twenty years I have no issue with people volunteering in the community. However I do not consider 30 hours a week filling shelves free of charge for a multi national corporation volunteering, if I was being emotive the term would be slavery.
There are some serious flaws in our benefits system I am happy to acknowledge, but there are some huge contradictions in the sanction system which need sorting out.
Case study, male 40+ family including grandchild living at home, volunteers in community, sits on scrutiny panel of local Housing Association, studies hard and gets a seat on the board of Housing Association. Informed by DWP via local Job Centre that this is the wrong type of volunteering, it is stopping him spending 5 hours a day logged onto their jobsearch site so leaving him liable to sanction. This will not apply though if he volunteers at ASDA or Morrisons or some other corporate entity.
To meet changes in tax regime he needs 24 hours a week to claim tax credits, but vast majority of the places he is expected to volunteer 30 hours a week only offer 20 hour contracts, Job Centre say if he cannot get 24 hours they will sanction and Tax Credits not available to him.
Pro Workfare advocates please explain how this is supposed to benefit this gentleman or the wider community.
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Posted in: My Housing Officer is very unhelpful
Having just got back to my desk after some time off this debate has been interesting to catch up with. The original poster has got a poor response from his neighbourhood officer, sadly we do have some who are too lazy to say I don't know but will find out who owns the land or put you in touch with someone who can help. As this has not happened despite more than one request I would take this up with his/her line manager, not jump straight to the Chief Exec level straight away. Some where in the office will be a definative map of what belongs to the association, if this tree is not on their land it is a simple matter to telephone the Council Area Committee or whatever the local council call their neighbourhood team. They will have access to the database of council land. All quite simple really though I must say that as a tenant I would not go to my neighbourhood officer in the first place but would ring asset management and do the job myself.
Where the right calibre tenants are in place repairs/maintenance will continue to improve I agree. However when these tenants run out of steam are we sure that all landlords will replace them with tenants of the same calibre. I have my doubts.
Posted in: CHARITABLE STATUS
I believe that currently some of the larger associations already have commercial arms and that profits are gifted to the charitable body. Not sure how this works but I am sure that someone will explain. Are the HCA allowed to fund this sort of activity?
Posted in: Secure to Assured Tenancy
Within a Housing Association as Rick says there is no right to buy but there is Right to Acquire, same principle just less discount. Though as Rick says if you were a LA tenant prior to transfer you will keep preserved RTB
As to contiued rights in general my understanding is that your old tenancy agreement should remain your governing document until such time as you sign a new one. Your new landlord as I understand it must get each tenant to sign the new document (if such exists) they cannot just issue an edict as the old LA system saying that everything has changed accept it or move out.
Posted in: HA tenant inherits property in UK or abroad
With that amount in the bank I agree, the intention though was to eliminate from the waiting list those wanting to downsize but keep their large property to rent out and generate a nice income. Not what social khousing was designed for.