How inconsiderate to hold a festival during the anuual traveller count. Surely this means that the travellers have 'moved the goalposts'. Definate parallels with badgers here, not least in that Alpha seems all too ready to join the queue of people seeking to demonise travellers.
No Peter DHP has existed long before welfare reform. All they did was top slice a small part of the money they were cutting from housing benefit and add it to DHP. This was intended to allow for a limited amount of transitional payments in ceratin cases and where there was hardship.
Alex Morton is an unelected mouthpiece, for an unaccountable organisation, that is promoting the destruction of social housing as we know it. His ideas are of course gratefully received by Conservative politicians, who failed to win the last election, securing support from less than one in four of the electorate in the process.
The implied threat in this is that 'sleepy' housing associations might be forcibly fed to larger more 'dynamic' ones. In this context I suspect that 'sleepy' means not on board with government policy. Or to put it another way not willing to introduce short term tenancies at very high rents, and not willing to dispose of much needed social homes in areas that are unaffordable to those on lower incomes.
I'm not a social tenant but if I was, then I think a 'sleepy' landlord would be a better choice than a 'dynamic' one every time.
Comment on: Bedroom tax guidance panned
It is now entirely obvious to everyone (other than government ministers) that this shambolic policy is unworkable. No amount of tinkering is going to put this right and the more they try the worse it gets.
As things stand the policy has a little over 18 months to go and then its axed. In the meantime the whole fabric of social housing is being put under strain, and perhaps that's what the government really intended all along.
All professionals really need to be putting pressure on MP's to get this scrapped now. Otherwise we get 18 months of growing rent arrears, 18 months of people becoming homeless, 18 months of people adding to the benefit bill by moving into private rented homes at higher rents, 18 months of suicides, and 18 months utter confusion. Perhaps instead of 5 appeals we need 50,000 appeals which would probably be all that's needed to crash the system and end the farce.
Comment on: Pickles slammed for calling in demolition plan
This seems to have been triggered by 9 Madryn Street, the birthplace of Ringo Star and his home until the age of four. If of course the same approach was applied to everyone famous then we still be stuck in the stone age. The area itself is a run down part of Toxteth and certainly needs improving. The homes in question no longer meet the needs of most modern families.
Apparently Ringo is not keen on the demolition, but strangely hasn't offered to go back and live there! In fairness we need to note that some locals love the place whilst others don't, so there is no easy choice. Either way it certainly flies in the face of localism for Pickles to do this over the heads of locally elected people.
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