The Democratic Dictator
Somewhere in a Democracy
I believe in the power of people, but I believe in myself, more.
I respect the march of freedom, yet understand the enslavement of liberty.
I have seen love come and I have seen it shot down...sorry, that's Bon Jovi....Blaze of Glory...nice song.
Anyway, where was I? Oh, who cares, I am sure you get the picture, I am just your average power hungry sycophant who wants to rule the world without a care...like your everyday politician.
Even with a salary as grand as Mr. Cowans, I doubt he can afford an affordable home in central London...
Comment on: Countdown to zero
If one can afford an affordable home, I am sure they can afford the cost of energy to run that home, their Ferrarri, their yacht, their helicopter and the private jet used for weekend getaways to the Tropics....I am sure you get the picture!
Venk, a Board member has an obligation to the business and its senior management team to be fully appraised of all corporate issues. The business, nor the CEO can force that obligation upon a Board member. A typical CEO earns far more than a Board member of an RSL, so is it any wonder why CEOs 'run the show'?
Board members of private sector businesses earn a lot more than their counterparts which in turn, reflects upon their abilities to corporately manage a business. You will find CEOs running scared of Board members in these types of businesses because the people in power who hold the private equity which underpins the business are the Board members and the CEO will typically report to these Board members updating them regularly on the performance of their investment in the business.
Sexton, I can see you have had your fair share of talents in the 'oh so distant past', but surely the rate of a CEO's salary is not dependent upon the quality of his 'surroundings'? If it were, then I would dread to think what the rate of your salary is (or was!) !!!
Comment on: Tory MP seeks restrictions on benefit use
A card to stop the purchase of NEDD goods?
Will these card be usable in local corner shops? If so, you may as well scrap the idea! Most corner shops don't care what they sell and who they sell to as long as they can make a profit out of it.
If these cards can only be used at an established chain (Supermarkets etc) then the question of procurement arises where the government is lining the pockets of certain business in lieu of the general competition which is against the EU Regulations.
Can't they just stop housing benefit being paid directly to the tenants?.... Oh wait a minute, you could do that with the old system but not when all benefits have been mixed into one universal pot making it difficult if not impossible to do this. How about apportioning the universal credit to landlords?
As for the rest of the benefits only being used for non NEDD goods, I wonder what the Human Rights Act lawyers say about that...oh wait, we are about to opt out of this too!
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I have to agree with the resident expert Mr. Badejo.
CCTV is the only answer in this case, but not just any old cctv system. what you need is a DVR connected to a multi point camera system depending upon the exposure of your home.
If you are planning to install the CCTV externally, then Infra Red cameras are a cheap form of day/night image capture. However, if you are installing the camera internally, looking out of a window, then IR lens are of no use, as they will simply relect the infra red at night back into the lens, blinding the image. In this case you will need a low light day/night camera, where the night time image is captured using a smart chip. These cameras are more expensive (ranging from £150 to £3000) but well worth the money due to their discretness.
However, you have to bear in mind, that no Court will convict a person based on CCTV evidence unless you have a sign installed which is clearly visible to people that you have CCTV - otherwise it is entrapment - which is illegal.
Save up around £500 or get a loan facility to cover this amount and most of your problems should disappear.
If the culprits use their friends or themselves by wearing balaclavas, then the next best thing to do is get an aggresive dog who will keep out most intruders day or night, cctv or no cctv.
If you don't like dogs, then security lighting combined with SD card based recording (£250 per light) fitted externally is a good option, or an intruder alarm with perimeter sensors - but very expensive.
A cheaper method is to use anti climb paint on your fencing, but you will have to get HA permission to do this - £20 per tin.
There is always a solution, depending upon how much money you want to spend.
But remember, you may get the better of one person or family, but there are a cast of thousands who behave in a similar way all over the country, so you can never guarantee having good neighbours. the best thing to do is make your neighbours respect you, one way or the other...
Posted in: Quiz the Rising Stars finalists
Hello Rising Stars.
My question to you all is as follows:
Most Social Housing Providers (SHPs) have met their decency targets and the remaining few are currently engaged in meeting them. As rising stars of the future, can you illustrate the extent of problems SHPs are likley to face when letting their currently decent stock to future tenants in say, 25 years time?
And what standards do you think will be needed then, to ensure the existing stock remains lettable?
Posted in: How 2 - Entry level housing career
The best way to get your foot through the door is to get to know who the housing managers are within your local RSLs and give them a copy of your CV together with a covering letter explaining why you want to get into housing and if there are any trainee / admin positions available, you would like to be informed of them so that you may have a chance to apply.
It would be better than going to a recruitment agency during this recession period because they will only entertain you if you have some experience - mind you even people with experience are finding it tough, so beware!
Posted in: Social Housing Dissertation
In response to your post on 03/02/2011 8:56 pm I would suggest two options to obtain and then utilise this data for your research.
Option 1) Send out an open ended questionnaire and then follow it up with a series of interviews with select respondents (if willing and able!) to then use this data to form a conclusion with.
Option 2) Send out a closed questionnaire but with an option for an open response (eg use of an 'other' check box followed by space for elaboration). You will then have to spend more time researching possible closed options for example - What efficiencies are being considered by the RSL in light of the planned reductions in development grant? You could have respondents ticking more than one box and also giving you information via the 'other' box which you have not factored into your research yet. Closed boxes for this option may include - collapsing group structures, sharing development expertise across subsidiaries or local providers, outsourcing development expertise, looking to attract different models of funding such as PFI or entering into the bonds market for lower payback periods to offset the rising cost of investment and the reduction in grant etc.
Different RSLs will have different options available to them, but you have to ensure your research is able to maintain an air of consistency in terms of extracting and then extrapolating your data so that there is a degree of confidence in the findings.
Again, please seek tutor advice.
Best of luck.
Posted in: Social Housing Dissertation
In response to your post on 03/02/2011 7:56 pm I would try and structure the questions in a way where you are able to glean as much information as possible from the respondents on management costs.
So rather than asking directly how they feel management costs can be reduced, maybe you could try asking ‘what are the constituent management costs?’ so you can quantify this data. You can then ask your more qualitative questions during interviews once you have a set of quantifiable data gleaned from questionnaires.
It is important to get as much quantifiable data from questionnaires because it will allow you to look at the data more objectively. Once you begin to see trends emerging in the data, then you can follow up your hunches etc via a set of interviews with select people who can then give you qualitative data to work with which you can then relate back to your quantifiable data through your questionnaires and then triangulate during conclusion.
Again, I would discuss any approach with your tutor first to see if they approve, but from personal experience I would not mix your quantative data with your qualitative data unless you are able to get back to your original sources for further clarification on the qualitative data.