Sidney Webb's posts
Posted in: CHARITABLE STATUS
To link in the random debate of payment of public sector executives - whilst the charity executives of housing associations are being challenged for their earnings, what about other charities.
For instance, advertised today is the Chief Executive of the WRVS at £130K start, and a whole range of fundraising managers at the NSPCC at £50K a piece.
My own view is that the public and voluntary sector staff are in cases underpaid, and do not enjoy the range of perks that, for instance, uplift the PM's pay to over £0.5Million per year.
What is pertinent to the RSLs as with other charities though is the perception that being charitable should not be profitable. For instance, who is going to give to a charity that spends 90% on administration (giving rise to ever more jobs as fundraising managers it seems). Likewise, if tenants are to fund the cost for society of providing social housing then will they be more put out if they see their massively hiked rents funding ever higher executive pay.
The charitable conduct of our charities needs to be reviewed. Perhaps we are far enough away from the good old Victorian days (however much Pickles would drag us back there) to instead look at the cooperative model of business management as the natural model for charitable conduct. I would feel more centred towards an organisation that rewarded by equal measure, and shared that reward with it's 'customers' either through service or share.
Nice to see the demonisers are out and about for spring - I prefer daffodils myself.
Posted in: PAID BOARD MEMBERS AND CHAIRS
This argument will always remain - and so it should as it needs to be for each organisation to determine. Interestingly those paying highly have not poached the best from those not paying at all, which seems to contradict the same argument for key personel in banks and business being paid mega bucks too.
One argument that supports some payment of Board Members is the ability to then better forcast expenditure rather than the less predictable claimed expenses route.
One argument against payment is that non-expense payments that are also considered to cover expenses are much harder to declare under benefit and taxation income rules - not impossible but sufficient to disadvantage those who would need to deal with such agencies.
Regardless of payment what is true is that the Board Membership needs to be highly skilled, able to challenge, and open to challenge if they are to perform well, and so serve the communities concerned.
The comparison with Councillors is not a good one because where there are many good councillors who are skilled and committed there are others who are just making up the numbers, or such dead wood as to make you wonder how they manage to find the council chamber unassisted.
The comparison with cooperative boards would be more interesting from point of view how much they pay themselves to exert good governance - perhaps this would be the basis for a better benchmark, and for councillors too.
Posted in: IS Housing truly an incestious sector?
No more than any other sector - in my experience.
With mass-unemployment made the norm, most employers look to employ those currently working in the precise role, and they can wait and choose as well as set the price. Whilst this is frustrating for people out of work it is essentially required to keep the economy viable - apparantly, if you listen to what our masters tell us - as the only other alternative would be to ensure the rich paid their due taxes (and apparantly if we did this they would all up and leave!)
It is how things are and we are told we must accept it.
Posted in: ADVISE NEEDED
You must inform your landlord that you intend to use your right to repair.
Normally you will be required to show that you gained reasonable quotes, and you should also give your landlord the opportunity to agree the quote with you.
To do otherwise is most likely going to lead to a refusal to pay - and peversely you may be liable if the works are considered to have damaged the property or agrivated the repair.
It's good to talk - this would be a good time to talk to you landlord, but as I've said before, do so in writing and keep paying the rent.
An excellent solution Anonymous, but of course all the service charge payers would need to consent to funding the cost - which you will be aware is extraordinarily high - and there needs to be a safe alternative location for the meters to be placed in.
However - definately one to explore, especially if it gives this lady the extra secure utility.
Posted in: Duplication of Posts
When I asked: 'perhaps the little irritant can be done away with' I did not mean give him his own column on IH!
Thanks for looking into the box Tom.
Sorry Pud - I concentrated on answering your definition request and did not add to the substantive matter.
Intermal or external, it's still communal.
However, the precise circumstance that you describe sounds as if Mum has acquired access to a communal area which could never be truly sole area owing to the meter locations. Do check with the landlord though that Mum is not meant to have sole access, and is thus paying individually for the space.
The neighbour issue is difficult if it can not be resolved through conversation, especially as the other tenant should have access to their own meter.
Taking this forward as a non-conflict matter seems prudent. Check what is included in the rent. If there should be soul use then the meter issue will need to be resolved by the landlord and / or suitable rent reduction made. If common, then finding a way to make the situation liveable is the priority, which means getting along with the neighbour unfortunately.
Yes - it is the space or amenity that is not within individual properties or for the sole benefit of individual or identifiable occupants; i.e. that space which is common, a facility for all, or a portion of the property upon which all depend (e.g. the roof).
As the stairs are obviously communal, and could not exist without the space beneath them, then that space is also communal as it does not form part of an individual property.
A leasehold RSL I worked for calculated the communal floor area as the portion of square foot floor space remaining after all of the individual unit floor space is deducted, for instance.
Hope that assists.
Posted in: Duplication of Posts
Is it the irritating little advertising box that homes into the cursor and forces the linkage to sites one does not choose to go to responsible for the increasing incidence of duplicate postings.
I've noticed a correlation to my own posts duplicating and the popup occuring close to the post button when pressed.
If the duplication issue is from another cause then perhaps it can be traced and fixed.
Either way, perhaps the little irritant can be done away with.