Posted by: Closed Circuit06/07/2012
Communities and Local Government department officials were taking so much care over their guidance for local housing authorities on allocations that the document was published two days later than expected last week.
It was a shame they didn’t pay more attention to the foreword from housing minister Grant Shapps, though. In it he proudly stated the affordable homes programme has managed to ‘lever in £19.5 of new investment’. The missing billion has now been returned.
Proud Scot, Graham Isdale, executive director of corporate affairs at Glasgow Housing Association, often wears tartan at England-based industry events, however he dodged a bullet by leaving his kilt at home when visiting London last Wednesday for the UK Housing Awards.
Mr Isdale sat on a table next to the stage, which would have been too visible for presenter Jeremy Hardy. The BBC Radio 4 regular scanned the room looking for a tartan-clad victim and then joked he was happy not to see the obligatory kilt-wearer. Inside Housing editor Stuart Macdonald, could empathise; he was fortunate to have left his at the dry cleaners that night.
You may not have thought it was possible to find a conversation between two senior housing figures about foyers amusing, but you’d be wrong, especially when they are both talking about entirely different things.
Overheard at the UK Housing Awards was one executive explaining how proud he was of the work his organisation was doing to provide foyer services to 16 to 25-year-olds. The other enthusiastically replied he was interested in foyers as he had plans for the lighting and pot plants in the reception areas of high-rise blocks. Awkward.
The latter was grateful to Closed Circuit for quietly pointing out his misunderstanding when it turned out the chosen charity for the evening was the Foyer Federation.
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