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Council house blues & reds

After the sacrifices of the Second World War, families should no longer
have to endure cramped, damp homes provided by unscrupulous owners. The
state would become landlord instead.

From Feb 1977 to Dec 1979 I too was a Council tenant and I have never remained or chosen to be unemployed.

Housing essentially is for the needy and not the greedy. Although the
Thatcherite RTB [Right to Buy] was a good idea to give social mobility
to the Council tenants – in London it has been abused and exploited by
fraudulent speculative people and real estate companies – the greedy.

Hence the current Labour Govt reduced the discounting allowances in London. But did not address the fraud. Now this.

after 30 years the Councils may be able to build new homes the problems
created by the current Labour Govt of excessive unchecked
permissiveness in Asylum Seeking and immigration since May 1997 has
lead to the current unrest in the indigenous masses waiting to get a
look in in the social housing lottery. Quite rightly so because the
common points scheme administered by the DCLG [Dept for Communities
& Local Govt] is inherently unfair in that the recently arrived
Asylum seekers with between 7 to 10 members in the family – usually all
Muslims – are housed in private accommodation with sky high rents all
subject to full Housing Benefits and access to myriad of other benefits
making the recently arrived immigrants significantly more advantaged
than the disadvantaged indigenous Council tenants. Thus they [the
arrivals] have more housing points and invariably always get a first
bite of the housing cherry when a local 3-4 bedroom property becomes
vacant. Despite this ‘relative advantage’ my experience is that these
irresponsibly large families keep refusing such opportunities
repetitively. Hence they cannot be in Housing need. It is housing
greed. When they do accept – their very first concern happens to be
whether there is an enshrined Right to Buy!

I have written to
Hazel Blears but she has refused to accept my word as an anubhavi
[experienced] Council employee with an audit nose preserving the public
purse from being plundered by parasites who have rarely contributed or are ever likely to positively contribute to the UK economy. They do not speak a phrase in English. Despite being required to attend English learning schools, again at the great public expense, they are unwilling attendees just trying to bide their time. 

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London landlords start choice-based lettings company

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London landlords start choice-based lettings company
22 April 2005

A group of London boroughs and housing associations plans to start a company to set up choice-based lettings schemes for other local authorities.

The company will be owned by Camden council – which is leading the initiative – as well as Islington, Westminster, Barnet and Enfield councils, and two associations, Ujima and St Pancras & Humanist.

The firm, Home Connections Lettings, will be registered for trading in the next few months.

It will set up the IT and communications technology – such as a text-message system of bidding for homes – needed to run choice-based lettings.

Choice-based lettings allow people on a local authority housing register to bid for homes rather than being allocated them.

Camden has provided a similar service for Kensington & Chelsea, Haringey and the four London boroughs that are co-owners of the company. It is also helping Birmingham council pilot a choice-based lettings service, to be launched in June this year.

This scheme, Urban Choice, will be piloted in the Lozelles, Handsworth, Birchfield and Gib Heath areas of the city.

It will cover 4500 to 5500 homes owned by the council and associations Midland Area, Hamac, Focus and Family. It could go city-wide in two years’ time.

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