Comment on: Digital divide cuts off social tenants
Not so Chris,
While taking out those over 70 will reduce the number it still won't be even - see the ONS stats for details (http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171778_276208.pdf)
The sad fact is that a sizable minority of social housing tenants do NOT have 24hr access to the internet - yes, they can get online at their housingt office or library a local internet cafe or even some jobcentres but not at home.
Smartphones are all well and good but most govt. (local and national) can't be completed using a phone - even a decent one with all the bells and whistles.
More HAS to be done to enable internet access to those that it (obviously not your parents), but we must not exclude the elderly because some will want it. At several sheltered schemes operated by my landlord the PC installed in some lounges became so popular they had to start a list. Now they've wi-fi'd enabled whole blocks and given access to cheap PCs which were all snapped up by the residents.
Yes, savings for landords can be acheived by migrating tenants over to accessing via the net rather than costly call centres or offices and that's okay - as long as it is not the only reason.
Comment on: Majority of CIH's risk board resigns
Oh, I don't think it's that concerning. This is a sub-board of the main board that looks after Audit and Risk but clearly - as the Chair of the main Board says, there was a major difference of opinion over how to implement Audit and Risk.
Let's all just wait and see how this pans out before we jump to conclusions - however, I doubt if this will be a major obstacle in the reorganisation of CIH.
I see from the papers that Robin Lawler is to be appointed at the AGM (assuming it's agreed) as an interim Chair of Audit - as a CEO of major housing organisation he'll be a good choice. Ex-President so respected and KNOWN in the industry too.
Best of luck Robin!
Comment on: Council reveals private rent plan
Interesting comments by the Minister about what to call 'Social Housing' - he wants it called 'Taxpayer-Funded Housing' apparently and I think that's just the start of what will be a massive change in the way and the types of 'social housing' in the future.
TPF Housing will be for the low-paid workers and what will become social housing really will be charity funded for the very poorest as a stop-gap measure while people are seeking work....
They used to call this type the 'Poor House' anyone want to bet on how long it will be before the first new poor house gets built?
Comment on: We'll need more tanks...
I'm sure I read somewhere that the increased use of paved off street parking in front of houses rather than front lawns that used to be there was causing issues with local water tables. The idea is that the run off the pavings goes into the drain which usually goes straight out to sea (eventually) and not into the ground, thereby causing a drop in the tables.
If we start with roof-top water collection too won't that just make the problem worse?
Comment on: TMO rejected at third time of trying
They'd be better off talking to the Nat Fed of TMOs rather Co-ops surely?
Mind you, I would have thought they'll have had plenty of help and it doesn't seem as though the council were opposed to the concept...
Sometimes these things are just not meant to be
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Posted in: What is the talk about Universal Credit and Low paid Workers not received help with Council Tax Payments
The Govt is changing how council's get their grant for council tax banefit. Previously the council got 100% of benefits paid back to them but from next April they're only going to get 90%.
The councils must administer their new CTB schemes themseleves with Penshioners being protected from the decrease.
Some councils have not protected any other part of their population and some have protected the unemployed and/or other vulnerable people like those on some form of disability benefits.
This will mean that everyone apart from those protected will have topay something towards their CT from next April - in some cases where as much as 20% of the amount due annually.
This will have to paid from whatever income a person gets whether it be Universal Credit or a wage (low) or until UC comes in their Income Support or JSA.
Your council should have consulted on their new scheme (or are doing so at the moment) so check their website for more details of how it will affect you locally.
Actually, I have to say that this seems a very good idea - provided the 'hot topic' is one that will engage the residents and not (as PSR has eluded to) one that merely serves the organisation...
I will go off an implement something similar straight away!
Thanks for sharing
ps THIS is what these forums should be used for!
"This has the benefit of effectively preventing them bombarding the landlord with tons of unsupported complaints and/or lengthy and often illogical, impenetrable "complaints."
Unfortunatly, it doesn't have the benefit of preventing them from posting to this website! More's the pity
Posted in: Dear Tom
If we're holding a vote I'm in favour of making this a more amicable discussion forum rather than the insulting and flaming one we currently appear to have.
Speaking as an "involved tenant" I find some of the comments posted to these forums embarressing to be honest, while I know that most people reading them will see the minority for what they are newcomers to the forums won't understand and will, I feel be put off from commenting - even if they actually know what they're talking about...
It's about time womething changed and I agree with the comments added to the other post.
What you've writte there appears to be very out of context and based on what there is your questio ca't be answered.
However, I kow of no rule that prevents staff from one organisation being a Board member at another...indeed I know of many cases where staff sit on Boards (not their own) in order to gain more knowledge of the strategic functions and hence further their own careers.
Certainly the knowledge that such people bring can be invaluable when challenging the Executive Team.....