Over 30 years IT and 14 years Housing Systems experience. Tony has worked with a vast array of housing organisations, managing from a few hundred to nearly 40,000 homes.
Tony is a passionate believer in social housing and IT being a means of easing the job of creating sustanable and fair communities and neighbourhoods we can all be proud to live in.
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Comment on: Post 2015 doubts hold back house building
Is it just me or is it getting a bit like ground-hog day on house building. See http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/development/call-for-clarity-on-post-2015-housing/6517753.article a similar article here in IH only two months ago.
I hear regular 'ideas' packed up as 'initiatives' or 'policy' like the latest 'We are going to protect green belt, but build 1,500 sq miles of new dwellings' from minister Nick Bowles today. Actual housing built private or social bears little resemblance to these announcements.
The construction industry and new housebuilding programmes of all sizes to match social and private needs is a key means of getting our economy moving. Some great ideas like relaxing pension and LA fund rules to allow investment in more housing have remained just that.
When on earth will we see less talk and more action?
Comment on: Subsidy blow for social landlords’ PV plans
Yes another victory for the big energy companies and lobbying overseas nuclear companies, who have their own thoughts on 'sustainable energy policy'.
Comment on: Better safe than sorry
I am pleased to see Jim, a former customer of mine from my time at MIS Active Management Systems championing lone worker safety. It does need to be taken seriously and there is so much technology within reach out there that can make BS8484 a reality.
There is no excuse for all RSL's to have this issue on the agenda to protect their staff.
Comment on: Counting the cost
Sounds simple this doesn't it.
I do pity the strains put on RSL's and providers to monitor resident income more closely or any joined up links suggested with HMRC.
Its hard enough sometimes to keep track of permitted persons, never mind strands of diversity.
This makes a great tabloid soundbite, but not so practical methinks when you really get down to it.
Those government figures certainly do not fill me with confidence either. I would like to see some independent ones from bigger landlords such as Circle, L&Q or Orbit. Particularly as each of those have a number of homes in South East England.
Surely legal action and compensation due here for this obvious breach of the DPA.
A shocking mistake that has further blighted the lives of six families here. Lets hope for everyones sake that this is not just brushed under the carpet. I hope IH will be following this one up in the coming months.
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