Posted in: Should affordable housing be affordable?
I have to say I'm with Nonny on this one. Clearly, if you're £32 better off a week by working you aren't in any kind of benefits trap. As plenty of others have said, you keep the job, you learn and that soon becomes £300 a week better off.
Ditching that £32 a week so that you can sit in the park reading Tintin is, frankly, an insult to everyone out there that is looking for a job.
As for what's affordable, the rent the guy was paying was clearly affordable already as he can take a £32 a week drop in income without a worry in the world. In this case, I'd say 'affordable' is effectively £32 per week more than he was paying.
Posted in: Impact of the riots on housing
Anon 13/08/2011 12:46 pm
Thank you. I'm glad someone has something slightly intelligent to say on this subject.
At the risk of receiving an invitation to the real world, which I will have to regretfully decline, the situation appears to be:
- Disfunctional family next door
- Kid breaks into shed, nicks bike, then torches shed.
- Kid goes to court, is given some kind of order, whole family being assisted by an organisation called Catch 22.
- Someone breaks into shed again. Police and HA won't do anything because there is no evidence it was this kid.
I can't see what's wrong with this situation. It sounds like the police, the HA and the courts have taken the right action in trying to get this family sorted rather than just evicting them or sticking them in jail for their problems to perpetuate. If someone has broken into the shed, it may be a reasonable assumption that this kid did it but, in the absence of any evidence, it has to be considered equally likely that any one of 6 billion people did it and it would be completely unfair to target one person.
Posted in: Council Housing is not subsidised
Ok Chris, let me put it another way, given that there are large private sector landlords (eg Grainger) investing long-term in residential property throughout the UK, charging higher rents and making more profit, how can Council/Social housing not be subsidised, if only in terms of opportunity cost?
Posted in: Council Housing is not subsidised
I'll try to avoid getting too embroiled here so will ask one question:
If Council/Social Housing is not subsidised and 'profit' is being made and returned to the treasury, why doesn't the private sector provide it?
Posted in: What does the future hold?
An interesting question. I expect London to be almost exactly the same as it is now in both 5 and 25 years time. The housing need is so high and the wealth so vast that it is a genuine housing market across the board, with so many niches that it will continue to operate. I expect the number of transfers to reduce and communities to mature or stagnate, depending on your point of view. The good places will improve, the bad places will go downhill. HAs will continue to merge and the resulting larger organisations will turn more towards market housing in order to create subsidy for social housing. The number of new social homes will reduce in the short term but increase again in the longer term so that we achieve some kind of equilibrium.
Outside London, there will be an increase in social tenancies, with the market driven almost entirely by new affordable housing developments and buy-to-let landlords. Smaller regional towns, especially in the Midlands and North West will become dumping grounds for the poor and needy up until Government incentives attract businesses that bring employment opportunities with them. The towns that have survived the tempest will then being to flourish, at the expense of some of their neigbours. In 25 years, some towns will have had a 'renaissance' and some will be worse than they are already. Overall, everything will be the same, but distributed differently.
Everything in Midsomer will be fine, but people will keep getting murdered.
Posted in: 55,000 silent voices.
I'm completely lost. Why on earth would this be something you would wish to consult with existing tenants on. There are a million different examples of how ludicrous that would be. I suppose the most obvious is if my mortgage lender decided that they were going to consult me on what rate they were going to charge a new customer. I don't care. It's none of my business.
I wouldn't even bother going into questions on value for money, bureaucracy etc. It's just irrelevant.
What is this consultation going to consist of? A questionnaire that says "Do you think us charging someone else, somewhere else a different rent to you is (a) good (b) bad or (c) don't care? PS Whatever you say it's Government policy and we can't change it". Hardly a useful exercise.
Thanks for the answers Dylan. In my view (and I am no lawyer), your actions are unfortunate and perhaps irritating for your landlord, but their beef lies with whoever 'leaked' it from the forum, not you.
1. How did you come to have the document? Was it in the public domain or was it privileged information.
2. Who did you send it to? Were they part of a properly convened and recognised forum and were you allowed, within whatever terms the forum operates under, to distribute the information to them?
Posted in: My Housing Officer is very unhelpful
Anon @ 11:53am:
If the grass is too long but the tenant doesn't know how to use a lawnmower, does that mean the HO should do it? I don't, I should point out, work in housing management in any way, but the amount of time those guys seem to spend fiddling around with stuff like this is ridiculous. They are HOUSING officers, not carers or life coaches. If a tenant has support needs, they need to ask the right people, not just the most convenient person.