Posted by: Closed Circuit21/06/2010
So Grant Shapps has finally come out and said it: the Tenant Services Authority is to go.
But it seems not all tenants will be ruing the day the housing minister scrapped the watchdog tasked with putting their interests at heart.
‘The Tea Supping Agency has become subservient to landlords,’ comments one, Inside Housing reader Rick Campbell. ‘The basic premis should have been to extend the remit of the Housing Corp - not provide another darned quango from within which tenants who wish to drive services appear to be excluded because ‘the great and the good’ hold court within the TSA.’ At least they were well-refreshed while it lasted.
As we all know, the days of plenty in the UK are well and truly over.
The chill winds of austerity are even blowing in the corridors of power, with two former housing ministers last week bemoaning the harsh regime of the new House of Commons spending watchdog. It seems the rules have even been tightened on the long-established practice of hosting events on the Palace of Westminster’s terrace, perched on the banks of the Thames.
After Nick Raynsford, the MP and former Labour housing minister, used his speech at one such event on the Thames Gateway last Tuesday to express his concern, Lord Falconer added this stark warning: ‘Drink as much as you can as quickly as you can. In these austere times we fear we may run out.’
Perhaps it was acting on this advice that led to a rather startling confession at the same event, concerning planning and Thames Gateway minister Bob Neill.
‘Bob Neill is one of my oldest political friends,’ announced Conservative councillor Stephen Castle, cabinet member for education and the London 2012 Olympics at Essex Council. ‘We’ve fallen up and made out many times.’ With this level of political commitment, the Gateway’s future must be assured.
Consultancy Drivas Jonas Deloitte has been sending out St George’s Cross wigs for fans to don during England’s World Cup games.
As the lucky recipient of one such hirsute number, Closed Circuit can confirm this is one piece of tournament paraphernalia that gives the vuvuzela a run for its money in the Most Ridiculous Items Ever stakes.
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