Branch Secretary :

Does Your Association Deserve a Bad Award?

We have regular news items about the misbehaviour of our employers. Now, housing workers everywhere can name and shame them for their bad behaviour. Nominations can be made anonymously and online here and the best (or worst) examples will get their gong in April at the The Alternative Housing Awards which will take place as follows:


Wednesday 26th April
The Lancaster Gate Hotel
66-71 Lancaster Gate, London W2 3NA.


The event takes place at the same time and in (almost) the same place as the UK Housing Awards which will be attended by our highly paid HA executives. Please come along and enjoy the bad awards for free.





Over the last year, too many HA staff and residents have been squeezed to breaking point. Pay cuts, punitive ‘performance management’, service charge hikes, cut backs to repairs and maintainance, and this despite record surpluses of £3.4 billion and rocketing executive pay.


Many of the biggest and most commercial associations will be attending the UK Housing Awards on the 26th April at a minimum cost of £1,980 for a table with a drinks reception, three course dinner, and free wine for the lucky few. Or they might have paid £2,475 for a premium table with chilled champagne and chocolate. They will be celebrating the huge surpluses amassed across the sector, too often gained through the exploitation of residents and workers.

Incidentally, the deluxe Lancaster Hotel overlooks Hyde Park in the borough of Westminster which has the highest number of rough sleepers of any London borough, with rates rising rapidly since 2008. The contrast between the two worlds could not be more stark.


Suzanne Muna


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