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Just a quick note to say that if you’re bored take a look at http://socialwelfarelaw.wikispaces.com/Housing+Contents+Page

I’ve been trying to update the House’s Handy Links with various bits and pieces. It’s not that complete but might be handy for you and feel free to contribute as it’s only really me that does now.


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House has come across a number of cases recently whereby Housing Association’s are deciding not to purchase properties from clients (who have often been on tenterhooks for months) as the property ‘does not suit their portfolio’.

Such decisions often come with grossly inflated surveys which I can only presume would be carried out by Rolls-Royce driving builders who are partial to gold plating any work done. Such surveys seem to be used to help cherry pick properties whereby, with the help of government funds, the HA might make the most profit / return possible.

One wonders if HA are susceptable to JR for such refusals if founded on jolly unreasonable basis. (is there a plural of basis!?)  

Does anyone else have any experience of this?

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Hello does anyone know of any caravan sites that accept housing benefit or any organisations that might help a homeless person with a caravan on benefits. House has tried. Have tried Shelter, CAB, CLP but no luck. Wierdly getting less help because client isn’t a gypsy / traveller.


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Yes House knows they are jolly busy but today one department out did themselves by phoning the father of a teenager and saying if you don’t take them back then they’ll be sleeping on the streets as they don’t have to help them!

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House is having a problem with clients in that they just aren’t turning up for appointments! House’s organisation needs to see about 100 clients a month. We have appointment slots for 120 which we thought, along with emergency drop ins would be enough. Unfortunately our turn up rate (with about a weeks wait for appointments) is about 40 – 50 pct.

House wonders if other organisations have this sort of problem and what they do to solve it. Phoning clients or texting the day before the appointment seems one way of helping and House wonders if others have much success with this.

In House’s experience getting a steady flow of clients through the doors on a regular basis seems to be a difficult proposition. House would be interested to hear others thoughts on what they do to solve this problem. Is a combination of drop in’s and appointments best? Just appointments? Just drop in’s? Appreciated it often depends on the premises but general thoughts welcome.

If it helps House works in premises that delivers only Housing advice.

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Pretty much as the title suggests. Go visit!

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This weeks Garden Court Housing Bulletin contains lots and lots, lots more than the usual lots!, of information Housing bods should probably know about including the demise of the RSL and the rise of the “private registered provider of social housing” (PRPSH) as of 1st April 2010. No it’s not a joke, really.

The private bit is of course a typo and the Government actually meant to say public instead of private.

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