The 16.16% that are on Universal Credit are carrying 47% of the councils rent arrears

ADAMS says:

Contrary to urban myth not ALL council tenants are on housing benefit

In January 37% of Northampton council tenants were receiving no benefit related to housing (so far as the council is aware)

Universal Credit seems to be a problem

The 16.16% that are on Universal Credit are carrying 47% of the councils rent arrears

https://www.nph.org.uk/universal-credit-and-arrears-1

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They are shameless!

They are shameless!

Housing Associations (also known as ‘registered providers’) push rents over maximum housing benefit level leaving tenants to pay rent shortfalls.

Milking the so called [i] “affordable rent”

Most rents charged by councils or housing associations are called social rents. Social rents are lower than rents for similar private rented properties.

At least Northampton Partnership Homes (Northampton Borough Council) seems to be only taking it to the max LHA rate….

DEMAND that the government build more social housing at social rent

In the example below £17.30 shortfall

  Landlord: Charge Adjusted Max LHA rate
Social Rent Average three bed Northampton Borough Council £89.59 £144.04 -£54.45
3 bed new build Northampton Borough Council £144.04 £144.04 £0.00
3 bed new build EMH Homes £161.34 £144.04 £17.30

 

[i] Council and housing association landlords can also charge up to 80% of market rents on some of their homes, usually new-build properties. This is called affordable rent.

 

 

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So called “Affordable rent” add to the welfare bill

ADAMS Says…
If the government is serious about managing the Welfare Bill, why is the only growth area in so called “Affordable rent” homes, we have seen this grow to now having 118 in NBC stock which have the potential to add over £207k a year to it?
The affordable if they were social
number in the housing stock rent take per WK rent take per WK
57 1 bedroom £6,260.31 £4,353.66
20 2 bedroom £2,726.00 £1,817.80
35 3 bedroom £4,674.60 £3,397.10
5 4 bedroom £663.90 £522.10
1 5 bedroom £208.81 £113.44
Total rent per week Total rent per week
£14,533.62 £10,204.10
Rent *48 weeks Rent *48 weeks
£697,613.76 £489,796.80
Added cost = £207,816.96
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Labour Councillors have put a motion on housing to the meeting of 9th March

ADAMS Says…To be as blunt as ever if you want to run a model called Housing First it is stating the bloody obvious that first you need the bloody housing!
Labour Councillors have put a motion on housing to the meeting of 9th March
Councillor Smith to propose, and Councillor T Eales to second
“The cost of temporary accommodation is putting huge pressure on our budget every year. It is time to call a halt to this. We call on the council to house eligible families in permanent housing straight away. This would be kinder, cheaper, and more effective. We call on the council to use the Homes First model to take people off the street and make them safe.
Adams says….
To be as blunt as ever if you want to run a model called Housing First it is stating the bloody obvious that first you need the bloody housing!
Social Rent Affordable Rent Total Stock
1st April 2013 12,047 0 1st April 2019 12,047
1st January 2020 11,229 118 1st January 2020 11,347
One for one replacement my arse
Social Rent Affordable Rent Total Stock
     
-818 118   -700
Since 1st April 2013 Northampton Borough Council housing stock numbers have been in decline we now have 700 less stock, BUT please note the ones for social rent have declined by 818

 

 

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Upbeat report (or spin) from Cabinet member for housing

9 March upbeat report from Cabinet member for housing

 

9th March 2020 – Cabinet Member Report for Housing and Wellbeing
Council House New Build Programme New build developments are progressing very well at Toms Close (21 homes), Witham Way Kingsheath (12 homes) and a number of former garage sites in Briar Hill and Delapre. All of these developments will be completed by the end of March 2020.
Adams says….
Social Rent Affordable Rent Total Stock
1st April 2019 11,395 88 1st April 2019 11,423
1st January 2020 11,229 118 1st January 2020 11,347
1st April 2020     1st April 2020  
Social Rent Affordable Rent Total Stock
YTD YTD YTD
-166 30 -76
I note the upbeat report going to full council March … I will sum up the year when we have the numbers for 1 April … At the moment I see the stock down by 76 and more to the point the social rent ones down by 166

 

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Northampton no good news for people on the Housing Register

Northampton no good news for people on the Housing Register

 

On 1st January 2020 there were a total of 3,534 people on the housing register.

The table below shows that the numbers are still rising month on month across all bands

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Less than five seems to becoming the stock response to many questions asked?

Freedom of Information requests

Less than five seems to becoming the stock response to many questions asked?

NPH – 197/20 RESPONCE “Northampton Partnership Homes can confirm there are less than five”

I will be giving making a challenge some consideration

As this is dated Friday 28th February 2020

 

I have the right to challenge the decision in respect of the information request within 6 months.

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