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Same circus; different clowns

Anglian Water has found you can’t push water uphill; forever.  At last they have managed to divest themselves of the ‘millstone round their necks’ AKA Morrison. I believe they have been trying to sell Morrison for over a year but, … Continue reading

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PDAs (Pretty Damn Awfuls) – Part of the Great IT Con

Isn’t it interesting how people queue up to buy the latest IT gizmo? This is especially so if they are perceived or promoted to be ‘best practice’.  Much damage has been done to social housing operations and budgets over the … Continue reading

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Lucky Tim

I read in the press recently that Tim Leunig of the London School of Economics has effectively burnt his bridges with the Chartered Institute of Housing (CiH) and the National Housing Federation over comments that the costs of attending their … Continue reading

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Tenant Scrutiny – an Opportunity to Drive Real Improvement

Have you ever noticed how when one ‘junket’ stops another one starts?  And usually it’s the same people who reappear labelled as something else. Well, as we all know, one of the best things that Eric Pickles has done since … Continue reading

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Repairs charter – more of the same blather from CiH

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CiH) Repairs Charter has been published at the annual squandering of tenants funds event aka CiH Housing Conference 2012.  At least they moved the venue to give hostelries in Manchester the opportunities to benefit from … Continue reading

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Are the ‘dinosaur’ housing repairs contractors in trouble?

It seems all is not well in the ‘Jurassic Park’ of social housing contracting. There have been ominous warnings recently about the performance of contractor, Morrison.  Could it be a sign that yet another ‘dinosaur’ is going to go the … Continue reading

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At last DCLG listens – well done!

At last DCLG Listens – Well Done! It is heartening to see how the Department Communities and Local Government (DCLG) guidance for local housing authorities in England consultation document sets out many of the points myself, colleagues and our clients … Continue reading

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