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  • LHA/Universal Credit

    LHA/Universal Credit Seminar London

    Yes there were some recent very interesting programmes about Housing etc

    I think they may have been OU offerings shown on the BBC..

    There are quite a few very interesting programmes, to me, that are put out on the BBC as OU programmes

    You don't really realise you are being educated so interesting are these programmes.

    I believe one of the political imperatives was councils wanted to show how many new properties were being built for electoral purposes

    Essentially political corruption

    One of the council inspectors readily admitted that properties that weren't slums were made so by the tick of a pen!

    The residents of these properties were dead against them being torn down.

    They only needed slight improvements, but no the socialist bean counters wanted to show they were building more new properties.

    Socialism invariably destroys.

    But these OU programmes are very enlightening



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    Actually I think I remember seeing that programme years ago.  Also I have come across what you say in the literature.  This started to happen in the 60s.  It was as a result of Conservatives ceasing to subsidise LAs for building for 'general needs' (preferring the private sector for this purpose) except for slum clearance which LAs were still subsidised to do.  Hence I supposed they followed the money and got a bit overzealous.

    I do fear we have hijacked this thread!

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    Maybe we have!

    Still I reckon your thoroughly researched dissertation will conclude that the UK just needs to build more bloody council houses!!

    A bit like the new inquiry being carried out by K Barker will conclude!

    Trouble is the Tories don't want to hear it

    They want everyone to be homeowner.

    Completely unrealistic, but they are led by their stupid dogma.

    I'm far from a socialist but even I recognise that social housing is a necessity and is just something else the taxpayer has to pay for.

    As for being quoted in the Guardian, you know what they say about all the bad apples rising to the surface!!


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    Oh blimey Paul, speaking of literature, did you know you were quoted in The Guardian in 2013?  Came across it in my trawling.

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    Good luck with your event Bill.  Hope it goes well.  Sorry if we got sidetracked in the discussion.

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    Something strange is going on

    I thought LHA rates had been frozen for 4 years

    I discovered though recently that this isn`t the case

    In my area Milton Keynes - 3 and 4 bed rates have increased as of April this year

    The Councils web site doesn't display this information  but the government one does

    https://lha-direct.voa.gov.uk/search.aspx

    1 and 2 bed rates have stayed the same but....

    3 beds are up by about £6 per week

    4 beds are up by about £7 per week

    I found out by pure  chance..

    My e mail enquiry to the council asking why they have changed has not been answered as yet

    Has anyone else noticed the LHA rates in their areas changing this April ?

    I wonder what is going on behind the scenes ?

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    Jonathan Clarke. http://www.buytoletmk.com


    Jonathan

    I explained what's happened in one of my landlord bulletins.

    Bill Irvine

    UC Advice & Advocacy Ltd

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    Thanks Bill

    As usual always ahead of the game

    Its a shame my council didn`t seem to think it was a good idea to actively  tell me this though

    It may  have possibly prevented some of my sec 21`s being served

    One or two may be saved though as a result of this discovery 

    But too little too late for the most part I`m afraid .


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    Jonathan Clarke. http://www.buytoletmk.com

    Jonathan

    The problem stems from DWP's handling of such topics. It creates circulars that incorporate a range of issues and oftentimes rely on council's to ferret around looking for issues of interest. In this case it tucked the detail into a statutory instrument which are not always easy to understand.

    Please Shre the info with your landlords' network. I've removed the restriction to members only for a week.

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