Comment on: Stonham to bid for probation contracts
Gresley - u got it right ! Stonhams historical relationship is unlikely to be 100% successful, but of course we the public do not always hear of the often very serious failures, especially as the local press now appear to be carrying less and less stories about failures in the criminal justice - mental health - drug and alcohol misuse areas, too close to local government for comfort ( those who we DARE NOT criticise ) !
Comment on: Homelessness applicants denied right to appeal
But surely every council is ALWAYS right , even when its wrong ! and it is a VERY RARE CASE INDEED where a Council is PROVEN to be acting incorrectly ( hence the story ) - almost a form of encouragement for them to continuing to ignore peoples rights and take the easy route instead with say only a 1% chance of being held to account, another Conservative cut ?
Comment on: Woman jailed for abusing housing employee
tenantplus - keep up the good work and ignore those who maybe work in the housing/public sector who seek to knock or discredit you in an attempt to cover up their own laziness and repeated failures.It must often annoy them that you are usually totally right in what you say. Some might think attack is their only form of defense as so many of them cannot be bothered to do their jobs properly - apologies to the few that do - but not even one I know of in my HA !
Comment on: Man with learning disabilities wins £100k
Rick, Joe , tenantplus - your very knowledgeable comments here indicate the very real concerns regingth way those with mental ill health and disability, those who are ' vulnerable ' are treated in this country, the fact OmbudsmEn are toothless, and yes - for 10 YEARS ive seen where reviews into deaths of mental health patients make the same recommendations year after year - but in reality very little changes. People are DYING and having their lives ruined due to the failings of numerous GOVERNMENT bodies, and nothing gets done about it . It appears when you work for local or national government in virtually any form, you become a protected person and can break the Law with immunity. Ive found even a leading mental health charity acts in this way now , and it appears incidents that harm the vulnerable due to the actions of those who are supposed to protect and serve are rapidly increasing.
Comment on: Remand prisoners in housing need, says report
The final line of this story is the best possible suggestion, on release move the former prisoners next door to housing staff who can help them lead a crime free life !!!!
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Posted in: My Housing Officer is very unhelpful
Sorry to seem unhelpful, but have you REALLY got a housing officer that will actually talk to you ?? My housing officers dont know anything useful either, so Im not really that disappointed when they dont respond to phone calls, dont reply to letters, and ignore written complaints. The only way ive found to get a quick response is not to pay the rent !
Hi Sam, Blair is clearly the expert here but your question can be answered by simply saying only an Act of Parliament that is fully upheld in accordance with the rights it contains will have any impact. It appears from my experiences dating back over 10 years now, many public bodies simply ignore the Acts and do precisely how little they think they will, regardless of your rights. And as for trying to locate a PROPER solicitor who is prepared to act against one of his local public bodies ......thats another story !
Posted in: Feel failed by Housing Association
If youve had depression for more than 6 months, and if your son isclassed as disabled surely one of you can ask for assistance under disability laws aswell, and ask your housing provider for mediation with the troublemakers as I believe that strengthens your position. As an earlier poster indicated, shelter are good and if you get qualifying benefits a GOOD solicictor may be able to offer you legal aid to get a move. In reality the housing provider will not act against the offenders, because it costs more than moving you! Local papers might publish your story and shame the authorities into doing their jobs ! Its a ridiculous situation really, because when you move out, the next tenant comes in and suffers the same hell - thats social housing for you !
Emma, if you receive income support or other qualifying benefits go to a GOOD local solicicitor who will offer legal aid. Ive found CAB and advocates etc are overwhelmed at present and it takes weeks to see them, Solicitors are much quicker and often better. Wishing you good luck
Posted in: Information on damp
With respect Sam, how accurate do you think 'statistics' are likely to be, as HAs tend to record damp as condensation and blame the tenants lifestyle for the problem.