“Mr A told me that there were six staying in these garages.”

Part of  photo by Julian Ware Lane

Recommended reading of the week is this sensitively-written piece by Southend Labour Councillor Julian Ware Lane: “I first came across the derelict garages described as a ‘shanty town’ a month or two back. I was out with some councillors and a council officer looking at fly-tipping and dumping problems. I took them down one alley that I knew was normally…
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A Nice Little Earner

The Daily Mirror has been looking at the private landlord companies that, overall, receive billions of pounds of housing benefit payments from the government each year. In particular they focused on UKIP’s housing spokesman, whom they state receives £800,000 of housing benefit money each year from Haringey council. However the Mirror also has a nifty interactive page where you can…
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Some Thoughts After The Review Committee

The District Council’s Review Committee met on Wednesday evening. It’s a bit like a House of Commons Select Committee , it’s there to scrutinise what the council does, and to review things. The biggest item on Wednesday was to discuss homelessness in our district, and a representative from Rochford Housing Association, plus Cllr Jo Mcpherson (the council’s Portfolio Holder on…
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House Prices In Our District Are Higher Than In 2007 – One Of Only TWO Places In the UK

From the BBC website: Average house prices have risen in just two local authority areas since the UK’s property boom peaked in 2007, research suggests. _ According to the Halifax bank, the only two areas to increase were Rochford in Essex and South Lakeland in Cumbria. _ Even in the areas that saw an increase, the rises were “marginal” according…
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New Housing Allocation Policy

Ever wondered how the District Council allocates social housing to people? There’s a new policy arrangement proposed here – unles it’s ‘called in’ in the next few days, it will come into effect. Here’s some lengthy extracts: 2.1 The draft Housing Allocation Policy has been out to consultation with Registered Social Landlords, and from the feedback received, minor amendments have…
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