Branch Secretary : suz.muna.unite@gmail.com
  

HAs' Serial Neglect of Residents and Properties

Housing associations have been guilty of 'serial neglect of residents and properties' according to the Guardian. It highlighted allegations against many of the biggest names in the sector, including Catalyst, Sanctuary, Notting Hill Housing, and One Housing Group. Almost all of these associations have been equally dismissive of their own staff well-being, leading to industrial disputes by Unite Housing Workers' branch members.

 

The Guardian reports a catalogue of problems, including residents being left with no heating or hot water for long periods as they waited for essential repairs to be carried out. The article points out that these problems:

 

"raise concerns about standards in the new-build housing market, linked to the government’s ongoing drive to deregulate housing in the capital and the decision of many associations to concentrate on commercial property development." The Guardian 11 April 2017

 

This article was followed with a second the next day which brought calls from politicians and housing professionals to increase regulation of the sector after becoming "increasingly concerned about some housing associations’ performance and the government’s drive to cut back funding and regulation". They point out that the Audit Commission's closure during the Coalition government's 'Bonfire of the Quangos' in 2015 ended the regime of housing association inspections which had previously moved from the Housing Corporation. The current government's response to the housing crisis has included a statement from Gavin Barwell, Housing Minister, committing to further de-regulation. The Guardian 12 April 2017

 

The Unite Housing Workers Branch continues to campaign industrially with members in many of these workerplaces, and has a succesful track record of defeating cuts to pay, terms and conditions.

 

Contact info@housingworkers.org.uk for more details or to get involved.

 

POST A COMMENT!

Before Posting

We welcome debate and discussion on our website, but we also want an open, respectful, inclusive space in which forms of abuse or personal attack will not be tolerated. Comments will be moderated and will be removed if they are found to be unduly offensive. You should also be very careful in posting information about your employer. Employers do visit the website and if you think a comment could get you into trouble for releasing confidential or sensitive information, or for bringing the employer into disrepute, please do not post it. It remains your individual responsibility to ensure that what you post is appropriate. Please therefore just give a moment's thought to what you are saying. The types of comments that are likely to be moderated are:


  • Personal abuse or attacks on an individual.
  • Information which breaches another person's right to confidentiality.
  • The use of offensive language, including swear words, or language which is racist, sexist, or otherwise breaches equalities standards.
  • Anything that might place the Branch or the wider union in legal jeopardy.
  • Adverts or information which is posted for commercial gain.

* Name
* Email (will not be published)
Website
Comment
* field is required

NEWS ARCHIVE