Comment on: Welfare cuts clash with troubled families agenda
I can appreciate the viewpoint that it appears those causing the trouble will seemingly be "rewarded" but people have to understand the entrenched issues the project is hoping to achieve.
Everyone knows the surname of a couple of notorius families when they were growing up, and I bet those people have had kids who perpetuate the behaviours and problems.
It's one of the few policies i think they're right about, you have to try and break the cycle of inter-generational traits, and that can't be done in a half hearted way. Multi systemic therapy sounds happy clappy, but I've seen really positive results.
Doing nothing shouldn't be an option, and neither should doing it half hearted, the expenditure would be dwarfed by future savings if only a small % of families overall do mend their ways.
Comment on: Loan shark jailed for three years
Rather disappointing the actual money lending part of the sentence appears to be an afterthought, and the fact it was given concurrently only serves to increase that impression.
The message seems to be we're not massively fussed that you're lending the money, just don't threaten people when recovering it.
Comment on: Landlords jump on REIT bandwagon
Hmmmm, was it Warren Buffet that described Credit Default Swaps and the like as "weapons of financial mass distruction"? Basically his take was if something wasn't capable of being described to most people there was reason to be fearful.
Let's hope in this case that doesn't apply.....
Comment on: DWP holds back data on direct payment pilots
To paraphrase Family Fortunes, if the results come back that the Pilots have seen improvements in the rent accounts of those paying their rent themselves, i.e reduced overall arears, I'll give you the money myself......
Comment on: Labour party members seek end of affordable rent
To me, affordable rent is the more acceptable face of privately rented housing, or at least the model it should be based on, i.e built for the purpose and the property is the tenants as long as they play by the rules, i.e pay and don't misbehave.
What I absolutely oppose is the insidious way it's being brought in as an alternative to social rent, and effectively hobsons choice for RSL's because of financial restrictions
Just thought I'd post this to allow many residents who take an interest in ASB and other matters, often just what it involves to get successful outcomes is "getting rid" of prolem neighbours and othe
This is one for the development people out there. I work for a council, trying to increase the affordable housing in the region. Recently I am becoming increasingly frustrated by the stance of RSL'
Thought I'd start a thread on this as the campaign from IH obviously brings with it many stories supporting their stance. In my opinion, too many people over simplify the situation. It sounds really
Much of the information coming back seems to indicate that the majority of empty homes in all parts of the UK are those that were built for Shared Ownership/Shared Equity. Either the developers/RSL'
Posted in: Where do I go from here?
Hostel and supported work is much needed but very much at the mercy of funding and policy changes. I'd think with the experience you've got you might already be suitable to get a housing officer or outreach tyoe job at a Housing Association which is probably more stable and sustainable than your current job.
Once with a Housing Association see what support they can offer you in the way of training, mentoring etc and try that route for progression. Good luck.
Posted in: Overcrowding with rent arrears
"Remember rents dont go into anyones pockets - they are used to maintain and manage the properties" In the private sector? I'd contest it to a point in the public, but to state that private properties are merely conduits for their owners to constantly improve is quite frankly laughable.
I've had a landlord on the phone today moaning that the tenant isn't paying and he's got to cover the mortgage, and I sympathise, but only to a point, for most landlords things like that are bumps in the road towrads their goal of 25 years down the line owning the property lock stock. If you can't handle the bumps - get off the road!!
Anon, bless you for flogging this particular dead horse, but no, the burden of proof fell to the resident. If they could REASONABLY prove that the repair they were requesting was caused by normal wear and tear it would be done, no question. In all tenancies tenants are responsible for accidental damage. After all, we all live in houses where radiators fall off walls themselves don't we??
Anon, I wasn't "harassing" residents, I was protecting the majority of perfectly decent residents abiding by the terms of their tenancy from having to subsidise the feckless actions of a minority. Do you suggest that HA's should repair without question - every internal door that gets a hole punched in (covered by a poster)? Every cupboard drawer that junior sits on and breaks? The list could go on and on.....
Legal aid for not getting repairs done?? - Yikes!! Simply go to your local council, if the lack of repair is serious enough they will declare it a cat 1 or cat 2 hazard which places a legal obligation to do the work. If the issue is not that serious it wouldn't merit a legal case anyway. When I was a Housing Manager the majority of disrepair cases we got involved with was when radiators "fell off the wall" and cupboard doors "fell off" All on their own?? Nothing to do with your unruly 5 year old then??