Just retired after 44 years in social housing in inner London, HA Committee member and ex school governor and Labour Councillor. Freelance - mainly with small HAs - since 2001.
Comment on: Care crisis
It's interesting that Sue Starkey House is (or was perhaps) owned by a local RP - Gateway - who lost the tender to a Notting Hill. Localism ?
Comment on: Legal battle launched over leadership of Odu-Dua
The courts should be the place of last resort - cannot the parties agree some other arbitrator ? Further this very public display does no-one any good. There are plenty of governance specialists that could help for a lot less than the legal and court fees.
Comment on: Council takes housing co-op to court
Many older buildings will also have vertical walls that do not fully prevent the passage of fire from a flat to a communal staircase. This will apply to many conversions of Victorian and Edwardian houses into self contained flats. It is a risk but not one that most FRAs of such buildings identify. It may well apply to homes owned by Lambeth Council and other social landlords so this may set an inappropriate precedent for addressing fire risk.
Comment on: Stress test
I wonder what the lawyers said ? As a professional and a board member I expect them to spot the risks too - we can see the strategic risks e.g. achievable sales income, changes in demand patterns, but the more techy stuff needs third party comment.
In London the last 'social' rent homes were funded at about £30k per person to be housed, whereas the first 'affordable' ones in LOndon averaged about that per home acrcoss rent & shared ownership. Obviously London is not the only place with a need for genuinely affordable housing and land prices are high there. In some areas of England market rents and social rents are very close, while in London market is 3-4 times social rents in many areas.
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