Bolton at Home has launched a new scheme to help struggling landlords and other property owners to fill their empty properties and increase the supply of homes in the local area.
The housing organisation has secured a pot of funding from central government under the ‘Empty Homes’ initiative, which will allow it to provide grants of up to £10,000 to bring empty properties back into use.
The scheme aims to help landlords that have properties requiring investment in internal repairs.
In exchange Bolton at Home will take on the management of the property on their behalf for a minimum of five years and will provide them with a guaranteed income from the property. Continue reading
Watching a recent ‘Question Time’ it was nice to see that the issue of housing and welfare benefit reform, particularly related to housing benefits, was on the agenda. Less nice was what appeared to be a fundamental misunderstanding of the social housing market among some of the country’s leading politicians.
According to Michael Heseltine there is a fundamental moral issue that dictates that people on welfare benefits should not receive more than those in work.
Vince Cable, perhaps with a future leadership bid in mind, stated that we should look after our most vulnerable, but said we had to acknowledge that there is a welfare benefits problem.
First thing first, the reason the vast majority of people who exceed the level of the benefit cap do so is because of their housing costs, and this is particularly the case in London. Their weekly living benefits remain at a level most would struggle to live on, and in all probability wouldn’t provide most of the cabinet with enough to cover the cost of a single night out. Continue reading
Living in the age of equality of the sexes? I don’t think so.
On Average 2 women a week are killed by a violent partner in the UK (1)
Almost 1 in 3 girls have experienced unwanted touching at school (2)
Only 77% of young men agree that having sex with someone who has said no is rape (3)
This year women and girls across Bolton have decided to Take The First Step and say no to Gender Violence. Respect is what we expect and we are not afraid to say it. An installation has been created by over 50 women and girls as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Continue reading