Latest Reader Comments

  • Homelessness Reduction Bill passes into law

    28/04/2017 11:34 am

    Excellent news - well done all involved. But not a time to sit back in a self satisfaction. The crisis is still on but one much-needed tool is available

  • We see the price of everything and the value of nothing

    27/04/2017 5:17 pm

    So the government talks a good story but actually does nothing about releasing land for housing and getting it planning permission? Are we supposed to be surprised at this? The whole s106 circus is there because government is unable or unwilling to properly tax the capital gains that arise from planning permission. I would suggest that avoiding tax is always going to happen, the real question is whether Capital Gains Tax, or the s106 mechanism is the more effective way of making sure the public sector gets its cut. The Government owns a lot of surplus land but much or it is useless for housing , or will take years to become ripe for development. This much was obvious in the 90's when the Blair government tried to dump sites onto the HA movement from English partnerships, some were not road accessible and others had been earmarked for future schools etc. the whole thing was a fiasco. What's needed is a long-term concerted effort to provide housing land backed up by a ruthless approach to overruling Nimby Councils when they drag their feet over planning.

  • UK Housing Awards winners announced

    27/04/2017 1:02 pm

    Marjorie - I strongly disagree. Winning awards can give pride, confidence and belief to organisations.. Those organisations that genuinely build a strong performance culture - especially where customer service is involved - usually see staff doing more for less, going the extra mile for customers. Performance generally can improve with more energy and belief. Sounds like you've never been in an organisation with a great, positive culture....

  • Winning the election may prove easier than fixing housing

    27/04/2017 12:20 pm

    If you want the broken housing system to be fixed the only chance of this happening (and it remains only a chance- not a guarantee)is to vote Labour and encourage all your friends and relatives and work colleagues to do the same.

  • Hundreds evacuated after blaze at tower block

    27/04/2017 11:00 am

    Raises a few questions for me: Did the 200 residents self evacuate or did the Brigade ask them to? What is the policy for the block? Sounds like the occupants of the source correctly evacuated but the adjacent flats were also damaged so was the compartmentation compromised? I await further investigations/reports with interest. Martin Weaver

  • We need to take a more active role in fighting poverty

    26/04/2017 11:22 am

    What can I say except well said both. I remember a time when it was out top priority. It was why many HAs were establishing shed. Sadly more and more seem to have forgotten this. I find that when people move out of the HA bubble it becomes perfectly clear.

  • Lenders need 'assurance' over modular homes, CML says

    26/04/2017 9:33 am

    Correct me if I am wrong, but don't most of the developed world use "modular construction" for building housing which is then used to secure mortgage loans. Last I looked we were not living on Mars! Lets not reinvent the wheel. Use the experience acquired over many years in other countries to establish controls and standards that deliver quality and longevity.

  • Councils welcome government's Universal Credit U-turn

    25/04/2017 5:36 pm

    It's a win win for the government and councils, they save a fortune with this ploy! I wish we had a like button for comments, sometimes that is all that needs to be said

  • Treat others as you would want to be treated

    25/04/2017 4:42 pm

    A good article, this isn't about what caused the issue but how it was addressed so from that view point it is clear and too the point.

  • CIH secretary and housing academic dies aged 62

    25/04/2017 3:54 pm

    I worked with Bob at Southampton Solent University, he was very supportive when I began lecturing on the CIH course, encouraging me to take on challenges and embrace opportunities. Bob will be greatly missed, he was always cheerful, willing to help and it was a honour to know him. 'Never forget yesterday, but always live for today ... Because you never know what tomorrow can bring, or what it can take away.'