Monthly Archives: January 2014

Have Northampton Borough Council got a grip of the contract?

Have Northampton Borough Council got a grip of the contract? Perhaps its time that the portfolio holder for housing removed the rose tinted glass!  KIER was awarded a contract for a Phase of decent homes work in 2013 Having just … Continue reading

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Northampton to get £416,591 for DHP

Northampton to get £416,591 for DHP The Department for Work and Pensions has revealed the discretionary housing payment allocations for councils in 2014/15.Northampton will get £416,591 As announced in the autumn statement in December, the DWP is making £165 million … Continue reading

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We can’t count council admits

We can’t count admits NBC  We have been over this issue before, about a response from Councillor Mary Markham (conservative) to Councillor Lee Mason (Labour) that the number of voids (i.e empty properties) a response which the Labour Councillor failed … Continue reading

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Northampton Sheltered Housing Stock at risk?

Sheltered Housing Stock report January 2014 Northampton Sheltered Housing Stock at risk?  Since 1994 the general needs housing stock as decreased by 3,778 in the main as the result of Right to Buy. The percentage rise in the Sheltered stock … Continue reading

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Northampton housing anorak report

Northampton housing anorak report Our anorak looked at a period from 1st April 2013 to 29th December 2013 As April 2013 was the introduction of the ‘Bedroom Tax’ findings that 134 transfer of tenancies have taken place, we at this time … Continue reading

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Reliance on expensive B&B accommodation

I have been told that the following question as been tabled for NBC on Monday 20th January Question to Cllr. Mary Markham 20 January 2014 In 2013 the Council paid  £230,866 to eight establishments for B&B accommodation. My understanding is … Continue reading

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Rooms too small to be classified as bedrooms

Rooms too small to be classified as bedrooms In June (2013) Northampton Borough Council in its housing stock had 23,357 classified as bedrooms BUT did NOT hold any data on bedroom sizes. First-Tier Tribunal on the 9th January 2014 finds … Continue reading

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