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Well! Well! Well! Seems the Government has been listening!The housing secretary, James Brokenshire, has admitted Conservative policies may be to blame for rising levels of homelessness, appearing to row back on a statement he made earlier this month.
In an interview with the Guardian, Brokenshire had previously claimed rising rough sleeping in Britain was not the result of government policy, but was instead being driven by factors including the spread of psychoactiv esubstances such as spice, growth in the number of non-UK nationals on the streets and family breakdown.
But on Monday, speaking to the website Politico, the minister acknowledged that Tory policies may have played a role in the huge increase in rough sleeping since 2010.Brokenshire said the Conservatives “need to ask ourselves some very hard questions” about why so many more people are now living on the streets than when the party came to power, and admitted “changes to policy” were needed.Full/source articleAlthough Brokenshire indicates in the article that the problems are being caused by welfare reform, this would be the start of a U-turn back towards Government support of the PRS and a repeal of Section 24. We can but live in hope!Back in August last year, I published 9 reasons why Section 24 will be reversed.Meanwhile, Phil Spencer is on the warpath against “constant tinkering” by government in housing matters - and instead, he wants the problems to be considered by experts, not meddling politicians.
Writing in the i newspaper over the holiday season, Spencer - the former buying agent who co-hosts Location, Location, Location - says the housing issue is catnip to politicians, along with the NHS and employment.
He writes: “Barely a month goes by without the launch of some new measure – be it an incentive for first-time buyers or a squeeze on buy-to-let investors – which generates headlines and soundbites aplenty for the Government. Whether this constant tinkering actually makes a difference to the fundamental problems in the housing market is another matter.”Full/source article
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You really couldn't make it up!From twitter:
I'm with GenRent on this one. It's a ridiculous scenario when council departments are competing against each other and a complete waste of public money.
I'm NOT with GR on this one. They've yet again gone down the Daily Fail/Guardianista route of blaming the group that is not to blame but going for the end result of flawed top-down 'thinking' (aka meddling) - the Conservative Govt.
They don't look at who put the laws in place (the Govt.) that allows this to happen in the first place, followed by the law enactors (the council) who put the law into practice on the street.
But no, it's (yet again) those scummy LL's.
So no, I'm not with GR on this one. Do they ever blame Govt. or councils?
This is what happens when they don't think things through!
The government needs to pay JC a consultancy fee to come up with a sensible solution to this type of nonsense.
I had a flat come empty on the 16th December
I e mailed the homeless department at my council so they could offer it to a worthy applicant
They would have picked my e mail up on Monday 17th
A nice warm flat for Christmas would be a welcome present for a homeless person
You would have thought they would have leapt at it to take it off my hands
I could have done the viewing on the 18th paperwork on the 19th
They could have then moved in over the weekend of the 22nd/23rd
Decorations up on 24th just in time for a Sunday roast on the 25th
Bish bash bosh
After all we are the UK Youth Homelessness Capital apparently
They surely must therefore have a dozen pre qualified ready and willing applicants registered on their books
I`ve chased them twice but 18 days later - 10 of them working days its still not filled
Their incompetence in working with their local landlords never ceases to amaze me
Mr Brokenshire needs to be aware of all the shortcomings of the system
One of those shortcomings is the extreme lacklustre service given by local councils
Even when they have ample funding through DHP and Homeless funds they still cannot move fast
They need a Chinese Rocket to the Far side of the Moon up their backside
Or maybe even that is too close to home
Ultima Thule should maybe be the destination of choice for them
Out of sight out of mind
Jonathan Clarke. http://www.buytoletmk.com
I admire your intentions
but your knocking you’re head aginst a brick wall
if they really wanted our help they would be landlord friendly
I don’t quite understand why you wish to go down this road
there must be working follk who want your property and you may well get a higher rent as the benefit freeze takes hold in the comming years
I just don’t wish to house the homeless I am happy to leave it to councils and houseing association s
Learn Change and Adapt ?????
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``I don’t quite understand why you wish to go down this road
there must be working follk who want your property and you may well get a higher rent as the benefit freeze takes hold in the comming years``
Not sure why you dont understand DL as I`ve stated the position numerous times before and you know i know my stuff so do you really think i havent thought about the pros and cons of working v HB .
The benefit freeze has been there for 3 years so thats nothing new .
That`s why I always talk about DHP
On this property as it stands I would get about £100 pcm more with LHA than working
I get RIA and 6 weeks deposit from the council and DHP top up for 12 mths
Thats a pretty good 9K guaranteed income over 12mths
A working person could lose their job after 3 mths
I`m not knocking my head against a brick wall as I`ve done maybe 10 similar deals this past year
This one I highlighted because of the time of year it went wonky and showed up their weaknesses
Probably short staffed
But the time of year would affect workers as well . Even more so probably
Few workers want to move a week before xmas
A person on the street does though - Indoors is better than outdoors . They can move in in a flash
My strategy is robust
Its the middle man the council which is the weakest link .
Well you know your market best of luck with this one