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One Vision Housing in Liverpool came under fire recently over a bedroom tax disclaimer form it was asking tenants to sign, which stated they understood the changes and realised they would be taken to court if they failed to pay their rent as a result of the reforms.

Closed Circuit has since heard that mischievous local councillor and ‘axe the tax campaigner’ Neil Furey visited the association last week with his own disclaimer for management to sign.

The form requested that the landlord apologise to its tenants, agree not to evict tenants hit by the bedroom tax, reclassify its homes, and destroy every signed disclaimer it has received.

Unsurprisingly - though not without irony - he was evicted from the premises by security.


Not being a quitter and being a lover of an afternoon chocolate hobnob, Closed Circuit is not in the habit of giving things up for lent.

That said, the idea of losing a few pounds in time for the summer certainly appeals. Closed Circuit was therefore delighted to receive a Twitter message from housing adonis and Riverside Group’s PR man Hugh Owen offering advice on ‘how to shed fat off your body in two weeks’.

Just a day later, an equally enticing message arrived from lithe G320 chief executive Mike Wilkins. Imagine our disappointment, then, upon discovering the two men’s fat-fighting secret was, in fact, spam. Closed Circuit is definitely not a fan of either the email or tinned variety.


Closed Circuit hasn’t shied away from making the odd prediction but even it was taken aback by a suggestion from Professor Dave Adamson, chief executive of the Centre for Regeneration Excellence Wales, last week.
Delegates at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Welsh conference were left pondering after the professor publicly suggested that former prime minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher will ‘go to her grave in the near future’.
Closed Circuit would like to wish Baroness Thatcher well and is sure Professor Adamson does too.


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