Anon at 12/05/2012 11:16 am
pity you have declined to state which RSL you work for -why not create a name for yourself on this forum for ease of access? Mr Self righteous maybe?
you are showing classic signs of housing professional delusion in that just because RSL rent ( which increases above inflation every year) is not rip off market rent somehow it's cheap and consequently residents should be happy with thier lot- just like Oliver Twist in the workhouse. Fact is estate where i live was built 92 years ago and the bricks and mortar subsidy has been repaid hand over fist. Current revenues are not being reinvested in the stock but elsewhere in the empire building organisation.
Scrap resident involvement by all means - its a sham-many social providers have staff that are surplus to requirements
I bet my life your schedule of rates is way above what a self employed contractor faced with real competition charges- tenants generally are not getting a good deal from the big procurement contracts signed with big PLC outfits who more often than not sub the wotk out down the line to pissed off badly paid white van man who thibnks soicial housing tenants are all scroungers and does his job accordingly
Housing professionals are not doing tenants any favours- if anything it's vice versa -tenants who are keeping them in a relatively safe and well paid jobs- you need us more than we need you