Comment on: Government offers £125m of green deal cashback
No Gavin. They don't pay upfront. They have a loan effectively with a the green deal provider after the green deal assessor has assessed their house. They pay it back over the payback period but the savings must be more than the payments. The gov't are offering cashback as an inducement.
A much better inducement would be to have a simple system that everyone understands and SOME retailers felt they could sign up to. Unfortunately we don't have that so we are likely to have a HUGE flop.
Comment on: Placeshapers rejects call for consolidation
Bigger is not necessarily better. I thought that message was loud and clear.
Having been interviewed by Home Group, who have respect for all as one of their key principles, and then not had feedback despite ringing them twice, I suspect they may have lost their appreciation of the little person.
Comment on: Landlord can’t rehouse ‘bedroom tax’ families
Of course it's ridiculous C'mon Sense, it's just designed as a tax on the poor.
Just imagine you are under 35 and in insecure employment. Sometimes working, sometimes on 0 hours, sometimes laid off. Those weeks you are laid off you need to be living in shared accommodation, a two bed house with someone else. The weeks when you are working you will be allowed to occupy a 1 bed flat/ house. Stupid, unworkable, unbelievable. A policy you would expect from a load of millionaires frankly!
Comment on: Mind the gap
You are right anonymous. There is no money. Maybe we need to find some investment instead. Maybe the government needs to assess which of its policies stand directly in the way in the way of investment (e.g. Housing Benefit direct payments)
Comment on: TV presenter's sustainable development shelved
I wonder if a bit of reading between the lines is required here.
'There are a number of factors, particularly legal and financial, contributing to this decision – not least that it is unlikely a scheme could be delivered in time to secure the necessary grant funding currently available from the Homes and Communities Agency,’ he said.'
'Currently available'. I suspect the scheme would have to be completed within the current funding period ie. by 31 March 2015. If there are a lot of legal issues to be ironed out they may not feel that this is possible.
Why does this matter. Well I seem to remember it being reported in IH a few weeks ago that there are mutterings from the Gov't about there being NO funding available after 2015. Kind of links in with the investors story - it's a huge risk, maybe not likely but if it happens it would have a huge impact.
Butti has not added any discussions yet.
F451 is right, I think JRF have done something on this recently.
Also look at the Tyndale Research Centre, particularly Whitmarsh, L.
I'm doing carbon free housing and behaviour for my dissertation. You may find the following articles a useful start;
Reeves, A. (2011) 'Making it viable......' Energy Efficiency 4. p.75-92 (Done with Peabody Trust)
Bergman, N & Eyre, N. (2009) 'What role for microgeneration.......' Energy Efficiency 4. p335-353
Whitmarsh, L (2009) 'Behavioural response to climate change.....' Journal of Environmental Psychology 29. p13-23
Those and the references shold give you a start.
Posted in: Ban "Anonymous" Posters to Forums
I too think 'respect' to Rick for being himself.
I have to remain as Butti as I am trying to become a housing professional and expressing some of the views I have on Grant Shnapps is probably a capital offence.
I can out F451 as my brother. It MUST be him as he used to have inane conversations with me for hours as a child on how I knew I really existed and wasn't a figment of his imagination!!!
Posted in: Should affordable housing be affordable?
Whilst writing a recent assignment of affordability there were two main methods offered in the literature.
1. The ratio method - up to 30% of income
2. The residual method - covering whatever the rent was, could be renamed the housing benefit method.
The second is a massive disincentive as it taxes earned income at about 96% for those who decide to work rather than stay on benefits. This is what IDS has been trying to change.
She was in receipt of stolen goods from her lodger.
I don't believe she was offered the Blears option - 'pay for the shorts and we'll let it go. If you like go public and wave a big cheque infront of the camera's'.
The sentence was disproportionate considering she wasn't rioting and considering what sentence she was likely to get a week before the rule book was thrown out.
Posted in: My Housing Officer is very unhelpful
You are correct on the tree front. You can cut the branches that overhang at the point they overhang but you have to offer them back to the neighbour as technically they belong to the tree!