Hi David - it's nice to be positive, and it was pleasant to read your item.
A question though - by embracing the new rent product, how are tenants to afford it as they struggle to pay current rent levels let alone paying extra to fund new development too. If you are subscribing to 'let housing benefit take the strain' - how do you expect the taxpayer (who is also the poverty striken tenant) to afford the extra tax this will require?
Surely you and your peers can fall upon a solution that does not require the bulk of the funding to be found by the poorest in society - or indeed a solution that permits the values that founded so many RSL organisations, primarily providing decent homes within the affordability of the low waged located in places that support their inclusion in society.
Housing benefit is incapable of sustaining the cost of development.