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The former Labour leader is right to question the party’s stance on welfare, says Lydia Stockdale
Tomorrow Inside Housing publishes 24-year-old unemployed social housing tenant Jason Gaffney’s bedroom tax budget diary – it’s an eye-opener.
Social landlords are already addressing the problems identified by the Independent Riots, Communities and Victims Panel
What does it mean to build a personal brand? And why is doing so important in today’s job market?
HR consultant Sally Jacobson, a former HR director at L&Q, gave some top tips at last night’s Badenoch & Clark housing career strategies seminar in London.
The third programme in the four-part fly-on-the-wall documentary series following housing officers in Greater Manchester was on TV last night. Surely the fact the series highlights the difficult work done by housing associations should win praise from the sector?
Comment on: The shark hunter
After this article had gone to press, I received this statement from Peachy Loans:
Peachy Loans has been committed to responsible lending ever since it started its operations in June 2011. We say with pride that as a result of the Payday lending industry review, conducted by the OFT, Peachy.co.uk is amongst the very few lenders who did not receive any complaints from the OFT in regards to its activities. We have always aligned our operations to OFT rules and guidelines taking into account the best interest of our customers.
We are extremely concerned about the situation on the payday lending market in the UK and hope that the OFT and the FCA will be able to take action on the non-sustainable businesses that treat consumers irresponsibly and harm the reputation of the whole industry. Our main concerns are connected with the activities of credit brokers and debt management companies. We have been working together with the OFT to help them identify that kind of activities.
Peachy Loans approves just about 1-2% of the loan applications we receive. One unique feature of Peachy.co.uk is that we use more than 10 different data sources and the best technological solutions to perform credit assessment on each single credit application whereas other lenders make their decision based on just 1-2 sets of data. As a part of the credit worthiness assessment procedure we always call our customers to check if taking a loan with us is really in their best interest and that separates us from other online lenders out there.
Comment on: Food for thought
Jason isn’t a student and there isn’t a university in Hartlepool, so there’s not a ready market of young people there looking to share.
It does look as though sharing with somebody is Jason’s best option though.
Comment on: Christmas quiz
AND THE WINNER IS.... Michelle Hallmark and the rest of the team at The Bridge Group. They came in early with all answers correct at 2.50pm on Friday, the day the quiz was published in Inside Housing.
The Bridge Group team is kindly donating its £50 prize to its chosen charities Disney2Disney and Make a Wish. Well done!
And for the rest of you, here are the answers:
Round 1: housing tweets
1. It was secretary of state for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, who tweeted this on 4 June:
Overheard at yesterday's reception for CLG's partners "great array of soft drinks" - now that's what I call new politics
2. Housing minister Grant Shapps revealed concern about their radio voice.
3. Paddy Gray, president of the Chartered Institute of Housing, exchanged tweets with TV eco-guru Dick Strawbridge.
4. Former deputy prime minister John Prescott was surprised to discover he and the London Mayor have a common cause.
5. The homelessness chief executive with a mild twitter addiction, who went cold turkey in September, is Jeremy Swain, chief executive of Thames Reach.
Round 2: housing trivia
1. The northern landlord whose chief executive used to be an undertaker is Bolton at Home. Its chief executive is Jon Lord.
2. The Conservative politician interviewed by Inside Housing who used to be a Tottenham Hotspur season ticket holder is Iain Duncan Smith.
3. The three housing chief executives who ran the London Marathon raising more than £3,000 for HACT this year are:
Paul Bridge, chief executive of Homes for Haringey
Gary Lashko, chief executive of Carr-Gomm
Bruce Moore, group chief executive, Hanover Group
These were the three chief executives featured in Inside Housing on 19 March, however housing heads Tim Fallon, chief executive of Livability Housing, and Tim Doyle, chief executive of City West Housing Trust, also completed the gruelling 26.2 mile run on behalf of HACT. Christmas quiz entries naming Mr Fallon or Mr Doyle were marked correct.
4. The north west arm’s length management organisation that walked away from the UK Housing Awards with three gongs was Salix Homes.
5. There were nine Labour housing ministers between the party’s election win in 1997 and May’s general election.
Round 3: multiple choice
1. According to an easyroommate.co.uk survey, reported in Inside Housing in September, what percentage of landlords are happy to let people smoke in their properties?
The answer is b) 7 per cent
2. Which 2010 X Factor contestant is reported to have Romany Gypsy roots?
The answer is c) Cher Lloyd.
3. What percentage of UK homes did home exchange agency Homeswapper estimate to be underoccupied in July?
The answer is c) 10 per cent
4. Which ALMO was the first to be converted into a housing association this year?
The answer is a) Golden Gates Housing, Warrington
5. Which British artist spoke about their experience of homelessness as teenager at the
opening of the refurbished Arlington House hostel in Camden, London, in June?
The answer is c) Tracey Emin
Round 4: it’s Christmas
1. Who wrote A Christmas Carol?
Answer: Charles Dickens
2. How many sides does a snowflake have?
3. How many ‘Lords a leaping’ were there?
Answer: There’s a bit of a dispute over this one, but most Christmas song experts say that there’re 10.
4. Name the three reindeer whose names begin with D?
Answer: Donner, Dasher, and Dancer
5. What is a female turkey called?
Answer: A hen
Round 5: What’s the punchline?
1. What did the policeman say to the stomach?
Punchline: You’re under a vest
2. What wobbles and flies?
Punchline: A jelly-copter
3. Where do snow-women like to dance?
Punchline: At the snow ball
4. Who hides in the bakery at Christmas?
Punchline: A mince spy
5. Why does Santa have three gardens?
Punchline: So he can ho-ho-ho
Round 6: picture round
1. Alison Seabeck, shadow housing minister
2. Eric Pickles, secretary of state for Communities and Local Government
3. Caroline Flint, shadow secretary of state for Communities and Local Government
4. Jack Dromey, shadow Communities and Local Government minister
5. Grant Shapps, housing minister
James Cunningham posted the following question at the bottom of this article about the government’s work programme : The previous New Deal progra
This question was posted at the bottom of the Inside Housing feature introducing our new experts: http://www
In the social housing sector, how can we make sure that we get the most from the environmental initiatives that exist? Can we use these to deliver retrofit programmes which are sustainable?
I am a trainee housing officer who is working with a council tenant who has two children and is living in a one bedroom flat.
Why is it that this tenant is living in cramped conditions but
Is it necessarily seen as a failure if organisations don't achieve the ideal 60/40 expenditure ratio for planned maintenance and response repairs?
This is Shaun Aldis' 'idea question', as
Posted in: The government's work programme and benefits
James Cunningham posted the following question at the bottom of this article about the government’s work programme:
The previous New Deal programme only offered the public work experience to get paid their weekly benefits......not proper paid employment......are these future schemes only the same?
Can anyone offer some feedback?
@asterpaul Paul Smith, head of research & development at Aster Group, posted this on Twitter:
'@lydiastockdale @insidehousing one of my best staff members was a police officer before becoming a housing officer'
Posted in: Housing providers role in neighbourhoods
Dear Andrew, have you seen this story that was published in Inside Housing a couple of weeks ago?
Posted in: new social housing rent rules
I've contacted Samantha Kelly to clarify what she meant by the 'new rule'. Samantha is asking, 'Do proposals to set new social rents at 80 per cent of market level supersede the wider aim of bringing housing association and local authority rents closer together?'
Posted in: Graduate schemes in housing
This question was posted at the bottom of the Inside Housing feature introducing our new experts: http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/need-to-know/all-new-expertise/6511812.article
I am a graduate looking to start a career in Social Housing, however I am finding it very difficult to 'get my foot in the door'. I have a geography degree and my dissertation topic was Housing. I am aware that it has been documented that the sector fails to recruit enough graduates, do you think that there will more Graduate Schemes advertised? Or what way do you think would be the best way into the sector for me?