Latest Reader Comments

  • Do frameworks work?

    27/02/2017 4:08 pm

    I agree with your view of the obvious selling points of frameworks: saving money, avoiding lengthy and potentially expensive tendering processes, and complying worry-free with the procurement rules of the EU. What I believe was missing were the subtle advantages that frameworks offer that counter some of the criticisms that were mentioned. You rightly asked the question; if the concept of frameworks is so good, why don’t competitive organisations, like car makers, use them? The answer is they do! Car makers work on sharing platforms (which is the chassis and related engineering) to reduce costs. That allows them to concentrate on the specific design cues of each model. This is the subtle advantage of frameworks offered by Procure Plus in an approach we call mass customisation. What we mean by this is that we create frameworks that meet the generic needs of all RPs, but then we work closely with customers to ensure their call offs, meets their individual requirements that allows RPs to be distinct, even though they face common issues. Like car makers, frameworks also allow RPs to invest greater time in adding value (ie planning and executing works) facilitated by part of the exercise (ie sourcing labour and materials) already being taken care of. Mike Brogan - CEO Procure Plus

  • MPs to debate associations' duties to private neighbours

    27/02/2017 12:33 pm

    How very timely for the Honourable Gentleman that Parliament has updated its guide to 'Tackling ASB in social housing'. http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/SN00264/SN00264.pdf I would suggest he reads it and in particular section 1 which should help clarify matters.

  • Another landlord quits NHF over RTB deal

    26/02/2017 6:52 pm

    It was a pragmatic deal, which wasn't perfect, but helped to position housing associations as useful partners of the Conservative government. We're seeing some benefits now from this as the anti-HA rhetoric of the Cameron era is ratcheted right down, with even some modest funding available for new development. The NHF can take quite some credit for the change of direction that has taken place.

  • Government reviewing associations' powers to evict problem tenants

    24/02/2017 6:44 pm

    Private, association or local authority tenant - it's totally irrelevant when talking about ASB! We are all entitled to enjoy our homes, unfortunately the people that should be enforcing tenancies, regardless of what type, are failing to do so, private property owners creating ASB to social tenants can also be dealt with.

  • Deleted emails trigger housing association downgrade

    24/02/2017 5:15 pm

    Why downgrade at this point in time. The actions of the Board appear to show a strong approach to Governance. Downgrading is just a penalty.

  • MPs launch inquiry into benefit cap

    24/02/2017 4:56 pm

    I find it frustrating that the discussions of the "cap" don't focus on the children of workless parents who will be plunged into destitution if they don't get work - for whatever reason. Its not their children's fault - yet they are the ones whose health is likely to suffer most, whose education will be more difficult , and whose lives are likely to be shorter as a result of this policy. Who is it designed to punish?

  • Homelessness bill is ground-breaking, but risks being undermined by cuts

    24/02/2017 4:01 pm

    We saw the introduction of the £23k/£20k benefit cap in the autumn which is realized through the withdrawal of housing benefit. Anyone with 3 children will find any housing unsustainable - outside London anyone with 2. Thus we have arrived at a policy position where entitlement to housing benefit has been restricted but under the (Homelessness legislation) entitlement to housing (albeit temporary) remains unrestricted. No landlord private or social can be expected to let to a household with entitlement to 50p housing benefit, and they aren't and won't. Guess who is going to have the fund all that temporary accommodation, on an open ended basis in the knowledge that the families ain't going anywhere. It's a cynical cost shunt to the LA's and a totally unworkable and stupid policy. Wonder what Lord Best thinks of it.

  • Government should intervene in housing market, PAC hears

    24/02/2017 9:30 am

    Of course the market won't sort out the housing crisis, even with HA s building homes for sale- they are after making a profit the same as plc developers. neither has an interest in lower house prices. If government want stability of house prices they will need to buy land - or use their own and sell at a price which effectively puts a cap on the market. But they must not oversupply the market and make prices collapse as that would endanger the UK banking system which has the bulk of its assets in residential mortgages. Nobody else will do this as nobody else has an interest in stable house prices (other than people who want to buy a home and can't afford one) only direct provision can cure the crisis. As the former editor of the old "HA Weekly" magazine, Meg Hillier should know that, but then no MP asks a question they don't already know the answer to.

  • Tower Hamlets mayor accuses housing association of 'betrayal'

    24/02/2017 9:20 am

    Isn't this why we have Housing Associations? to avoid political grandstanding turning into poor management decisions.

  • Mergers can help increase capacity and improve services

    24/02/2017 8:36 am

    Got to say J Challinor has a point. This is the language of business not social housing and what is "cultural alchemy"?