Quiz the Rising Stars finalists
06/06/2011 4:15 pm
We’d like your views on which of the Rising Stars finalists shows most promise, but if you are unsure which to back, here is your chance to ask them some questions. The five finalists will be online this week, answering your queries and giving their views. You can see profiles of the five and vote for your favourite here, or find out more about the competition on our Rising Stars page.
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12/06/2011 12:02 pm
Hindsight is a wonderful thing so I have tried to consider those policies that surely should have struck someone as a bad idea at their conception and also have tried to consider some missed opportunities.
The major one for me would not be the Right to Buy policy in itself, I have seen the positives this has brought for individual tenants, but the additional decision to not allow 100% of receipts to come to Local Authorities to reinvest in new build was massively short sighted.
I cant stress enough the damage, taking the ring-fence off the Supporting People budget, has already caused and will go onto cause. It just seems to be a 'cake and eat it' position for ministers to publically defend services for vulnerable people yet allow Local Authorities to spend this fund on whatever is politially expedient (potholes usually). In a two tier authority this is exacerbated when the SP fund for homelessness is given to a body with no statutory duties around this issue.
Concerning homelessness and roughsleeping, I really welcomed the work and intentions that went into the 2012 'No one Left Out' strategy. However, if we are serious about even aspiring to have no roughsleepers by 2012 why don't we bite the bullet and made long term roughsleeping an automatic priority need? I don't think a discretionary policy works in this area as Local Authorities will pick and choose their response.
Finally and concerning the private sector, I would overturn the S21 notice link with mandatory possession. If we still allowed possession to be granted where the tenant has stepped out of line, but not just because the landlord wants the property back, we would see the PRS as a much more viable, long term housing option. I understand Landlords need their properties back if in financial difficulty but you can sell with a tenant in situ and this would also perhaps encourage some much needed caution in the buy to let business.
13/06/2011 12:19 pm
Other than a quick lesson in what not to do I find it hard to spend time worrying about what got us here. I'd much rather focus on where we're going.
If pushed Heath's 1972 Act has to be the winner (loser?) because of it's domino effect. The increased cost of council housing caused Thatcher's reactionary home-ownership polcies which further distorted the housing market. House and rental prices across the UK soared and it created a lack of affordable housing. Access to housing became harder and harder for people in genuine need who were unable to buy or rent privately. It essentially created the housing benefit trap we now see with generations of families receiveing benefits.
13/06/2011 3:26 pm
My one policy to go back and remove would be the Right to Buy without a doubt. Tenants always did have this right but could only exercise it if they could afford a mortgage, fair enough. The huge discounts that were introduced under this Act facilitated a monumental shift of public assets into private individual hands with no policy to replace the stock, let alone keep up with a growing population. It also still today creates tension amongst tenants and leaseholders, particularly where stock investment is concerned.
I agree with your general implied point that you have to know your history to not repeat mistakes. The history of social housing is an interesting one and in the current climate it is even more important that we don't forget our history ... especially if we want to prevent 21st Century 'workhouses' from appearing!
PS - Rishi - I've had problems too - I have to email all my posts to someone at IH who uploads them for me!
13/06/2011 9:15 pm
Thanks Carla. I will send them into IH.
13/06/2011 10:31 pm
The HTML error occurs when the page times out while you are typing into the subject box.
Best thing to do is finish typing and then cut or copy your text, refresh the page and then paste it back in to send.
Works every time for me...even when intoxicated!!!