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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Michael Hoy’s Enhanced Role

Green party Councillor Michael Hoy has made a definite impact in his first 12 months. So we were pleased to see him volunteer to join the board of the Rochford Housing Association. He’ll be very useful in that role. And credit to the Conservatives for letting him go on the board.