Housing Associations Following The Private Sector ?

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Pete and Dud opening .... long gone but fondly remembered :

Not only are the private house builders facing complaints with new builds , but also the Housing Associations appear to have been jumping on the bandwagon ?

https://www.theguardian.com/society/201 ... uild-homes

Just a snippet as a tempter :

The issues uncovered by a Guardian investigation include damp, mould, nonexistent security, outages in heating and hot water, inadequate repairs, and infestation by rats and mice. There are also many complaints about poor and often misleading customer service.

The investigation found issues with five housing associations: Catalyst, Sanctuary, Notting Hill Housing, Wandle, and the One Housing Group. Residents raised problems including:

Failing lifts that rendered a wheelchair user housebound for a week and a half.
Security failures that meant premises were open to intruders over a period of months.
Families repeatedly left without heating or hot water.

The cases involve both tenants, and some among the rising numbers of people in London who live in shared-ownership properties in which housing associations retain a stake. Some of them also highlight alleged failings by big building firms.


Once apon a time . a workman took pride in his work. One small house builder known to me in my banking days had a golden rule ... Build a house that you yourself would be proud to live in ... follow that as a golden rule ?

2017 ? PLCs are the major house builders in the private sector. Their bosses are the shaeholders. All that really matters to them is an increase in both the share price and the half yearly dividend. Corners are cut to ensure sales before target dates so as to be reflected in the year end accounts.

Not forgetting those Brucie bonuses , some receiving the equivalent of 50 carers worth of Carers Pittance over a year for shady , accounting manoveurs ... ontop of 80+ carers worth of CP !

In the public sector , mainly housing associations. In turn , they need to work within budgets agreed with Government and / or the LAs.

Even with constraints imposed by budgets , there is NO excuse to build shoddy housing !!!

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Pete and Dud ending .... " And what do you Derek and Clive think about that ? "

Think ... not post ... straight red if you did !

Come again ? ........

ENOUGH !
A little more on housing associations , this time from mps :

https://www.theguardian.com/society/201 ... regulation

Just one taster before sampling what's on this menu :

Rushanara Ali, the MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, called for a new system of transparency and official ratings. “Why can’t we have league tables for housing associations so we know who are the worst offenders?” said Ali, who has led recent attempts in parliament to force the government to take action on oversights by housing associations. “That would force them to act.

“We cannot tolerate the poor practice we’re seeing now. We wouldn’t tolerate it from private landlords, so there’s absolutely no reason we should be tolerating it from publicly funded housing associations. What’s scandalous is that public money is being given to them, even when customer service is failing.”


John Cruddas , Labour mp ... a name from the past , and well known to us from CarerWatch days.

Such fun , even popped into the infamous John Battle debate on Compass ... posted twice ... only to be met by very strong comments from several of us ... disappeared into the ether , never to be seen again ?

Oh well , when faced with reality , often the way with our elected mps ????????????
More on housing associations , this time around on their move away from their traditional role.

https://www.theguardian.com/housing-net ... ialisation

Whilst evolution wins everytime over stagnation , moving away from their basic function is not acceptable.

By all means seek to make better use of one's resources but , do not deviate from one's primary function !

One comment more than worthy of being quoted in full :

I have worked many years for a large HA (which shall remain nameless) but, one of the G15.

I can attest to the gradual change towards being a wannabe corporation. In many ways it is now just a developer and this has come in tandem with a new ad shameless corporate 'culture.' Most disturbing has been the air of threat; 'if you're not with us on our journey, you are against us!'

The new business culture involves paying out huge amounts of money to corporate hucksters and chancers (who are out there on the internet in profusion) to enable the 'vision' to happen. If you don't take part in this cod psychological nonsense provided by someone laughing at us behind his hand than then the the new staffing mechanisms are designed to take this willful recalcitrance into account.

The big problem is, the chief executives of these unwieldy entities (grown bigger and bigger through swallowing up other smaller organisations) are starry eyed and swallow any management nonsense. Almost invariably, the sort of management/corporate wank that they grab hold of is long out of date. The trouble here is that HAs have no roots in the business world, their roots are charitable and you simply cannot be both charity often doing very difficult work and a purely money making concern.

It is very difficult to equate the true reason for the existence of these organisations along with their charitable origins with this new free market business friendly modus operandi.

These large organisations also used to pride themselves on having a supported housing arm, providing services to people with mental health problems, learning disabilities, homeless, services for those suffering domestic violence etc... but they have almost entirely got rid of them. As it is, and there is irony here, the new 'market' for care and support services thanks to austerity is even more brutal and free market than anything! And, far worse services along with a race to the bottom in terms of pay and conditions and security.

HAs do have to invest time and money in doing their bit to promoting social inclusion of course but there is no doubt in my mind that that large housing associations have grown way beyond their optimum size, that they have lost touch with their origins and true function. That they have abandoned their real aims to provide for the absolute least well off (though they pay lip service to this) and it is very difficult to justify the retention of any charitable status.


At a slight stretch , comments could include many charity organisations , especially the gulf between those who direct them , and the mere surfs on the ground floor.

Just read reactions from the tenants !!!!!!