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  • In the Spotlight

    Iain Duncan Smith at London Show

    Was good to see "IDS" at the national Landlord Show, Olympia, yesterday. He appeared on the "Expert Panel" with a number of landlord industry familiar faces. Very brave of him to come along I thought!

    He seemed receptive to a landlord feedback and I believe has a good understanding of some of the issues we face. I was particularly interested to hear a buddy of his had the misfortune (like me) to have his rental property trashed and was unable to recove the costs from the offender (like me). Hopefully, like me, he was insured!

    One issue discussed was that (like Railway station announements), only the bad news stories get heard..  The good landlords who look after their happy tenants are not press-worthy or more pertinantly they don't get reported to the local authorities who therefore, it was suggested, form a view that there are more dodgy landlords than there are in reality.

    Hence moves to licence all landlords. It was pointed out that there are good laws to protect tenants, why licencing as well? I felt IDS was on our side on this matter.

    Any other observations from fellow Tribes members in the audience?

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    I remember him in the Commons when Osborne announced S24 he was grinning like a cat who had got the cream

    I would not trust that man as far as I could throw him


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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

    IDS is a really nasty piece of work.

    Whilst head of the DWP, he instigated cuts to disabled people on an unprecedented scale.

    He finally resigned when George Osbourn tried to make him carry out further cuts that would have been even more life threatening than his previous ones.

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    I have no time for him Dom

    Another Public School Boy  with a private income

    Rich and Prevailed Guards Office who has little understanding of the real world

    He is the Breed of Politician I hate

    The damage this man has done is very large indeed and how he has the face to go to a Landlord show how two faced he is

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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

    So typical Tory politician then DL!

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    yep ??? have a good holiday dom x

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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

    Thanks DL. Sadly, on my way home!

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    The man who brought tenants & landlords "Universal Credit".  Not universal, no credit to him or his civil servants.

    Clown (IMHO...)

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    UC is a brilliant idea and concept

    It was and is meant to encourage the feckless to make the same economic choices as anyone in FULL time work.

    Unfortunately and with no real surprise the way it has been delivered has been appalling.

    It seems no use of the experienced council workers who have worked in HB depts for years has been used.

    Effectively the DWP has been reinventing the wheel!

    Over the years these council workers have become adept at managing HB issues etc.

    Their expertise has not been used.

    When it first started out there were problems with HB and LHA;  but over the literally years they eventually got it right.

    The DWP simply don't have this time to get it right.

    LL are abandoning the HB sector principally because of UC and who can blame them!?

    The FIRST thing I would change is to ensure that the FULL contractual rent is deducted from an UC award irrespective of what any LHA amount is, FIRST from the OBC.

    At least then this will impress on UC tenants the cost of where they choose to live.

    It might force them to decide to MOVE to cheaper accommodation or even get a job.

    This has always been the intent of UC and an eminently admirable one.

    UC simply WON'T work with HB being calculated last for OBC purposes.

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