Shelter have issued a press release claiming more than two million people are paying their rent or mortgage on their credit cards. Oops – they’re out by at least a quarter.
I’m never keen on Big Brother style schemes offering incentives to people to inform on their neighbours. Why pay for something so many people are willing to do for nothing? But I don’t get Calico’s new scheme.
The consultation period for the Government’s green paper on commissioning closed yesterday. YAWN! But for anyone working in Supported Housing commissioning has been a real bugbear since 2003 when the Supporting People grant was introduced.
Belated – and mostly dull – predictions for 2011:
- The coalition will have a hard time but see the year out.
- The localisation bill will pass pretty much unchanged.
- A fall in new social housing starts.
- Rising inflation becoming a serious concern.
- Increased public spending.
- Regular protest riots in London.
Back in October all the serious case reviews for the Baby P case were published – you can get copies of everything from the article here.
Somewhat belatedly, I thought I’d blog a few thoughts.
Back in the 1990s I rented a council flat in Hackney from the legit tenant. He’d moved in with his girlfriend in south London but wanted to hang on to the flat. Somewhat ironic as I was working as a housing officer at the time.