Comment on: Councils use zero hours contracts for vulnerable
Its just councils that are useing the zero hours some of the so called not for profit housing trusts are using them too now for there call centers and out of hours and 24 hour lifeline cover
Comment on: Woman evicted for storing stolen TV
What next being evicted for non-payment of the TV licence that's a criminal offence
There is going to be a real risk of people losing their homes for falling into debt with rent and what all so I'm worrying about is the stopping of council tax benefit changing and people having to top up the 20/25% shortfall that wasn't in place during the pilot that has just taken place. and what with the bedroom tax. affordable rents and benefit cap and more tax being added to the fuel from April. The benefits are just not going to stretch that far. the courts are going to be busy.
I do believe that the RSL's are going to have act fast to guide their customers as soon as rents fall into arrears. bearing in mind how long the delays are going to be when a customers claim is transferred from say ESA to UC because if past changes in benefits are anything to go by then it could take weeks/months Its going to be Such Fun NOT
Comment on: Tory MP seeks restrictions on benefit use
So what about people that are on benefits that like to shop down the market at the £1 a bowl stall for there Fruit and veg or the fish or meat stall. Not very one wants to have to shop in the main supermarkets That's if they sign up to accept these cards.
Also what about those that pay for their energy bills by DD or budget plans that can only be on these plans with a monthly DD. And some people have to have Sky/Virgin to get any TV since the switch over. Because there RSL wont Install a digital Ariel and the cost is to much for the tenant to layout.
What about the poor tenants that perhaps have a provident door step loan or have goods from Bighthouse or the like.
what ever next ?
Comment on: New and improved
Circle Housing Group have started this now
I hate it we are tenants not customers we cant have a refund if we are unhappy with the service
john green has not added any discussions yet.
Posted in: Fuel poverty
What worry's me also is when the Green Deal comes in and social tenants will have to pay on their enegry bills for works done.
'It is hard to see tenants wanting to commit to a taking on a debt - even if it's only payable whilst they live in the property. Also, there will be a very real Green Deal charge that will appear on the tenant's energy bill set against energy savings, which could be marginal and not guaranteed.And yes I know about the golden rule but with energy cost going up will the drive more tenants into fuel poverty. Also as it stands at this present time the ECO is spilt into two parts firstly the ECO Affordable Warmth, which operates outside the Green Deal and will be targeted at fuel poor homes - but in its current form, social housing is not eligible for this, despite a rising problem with fuel poverty.
So I just hope that RSL will not stop their work in upgrading their property's and leaving it down to the tenants because in the long term it can only damage the stock. As a after thought this debt stays with the property this in turn could make re letting the property harder what with affordable rents what I know some RSL are having trouble trying to let now without the Green Deal debt on top