Also, whilst all valuations have to be at January 1999 levels, the precise method of valuation is left to landlords’ discretion.
The policy will lead to the structure of social rents becoming more in line with the rest of the housing market. Rent levels will remain well below what reputable private landlords would charge for comparable properties with a typical discount of around 40% In the longer-term the government is aiming to introduce greater choice into Housing Benefit. DWP published a document in October setting out the reforms it is making to the HB system Many elements of the reforms are about improving HB administration, for instance speeding up the processing of claims. But there are also more fundamental changes.
The money will be paid directly to tenants – except for vulnerable tenants and those with substantial rent arrears The pilots will begin later in 2003 and will be evaluated in liaison with councils, landlords and advice agencies. Property Valuation Report Depending on the results of the evaluation, the allowance may be rolled out nationally from 2005 in the private sector.
The advantages of the new system are to give people greater choice over where they decide to live and to make HB simpler and more transparent ODPM are working closely with DWP in taking forward these HB measures. In principle, DWP are aiming to introduce similar reforms in the social sector – but they will not be doing so until rent restructuring and more choice-based lettings have created the right conditions. The presentation has shown how rent restructuring strikes a balance between a number of different objectives, and how it contains various protections to ensure that rents remain affordable Possibly the largest workshop I have facilitated, and possibly one of the most enjoyable for me. The workshop opened with a question to the floor, “Why do you think young people turn to crime, as a “hobby” or way of life?
The answers were great and to the point and for the first time ever in the history of putting that question to a workshop nobody actually blamed the young people themselves, they looked at the underlying problems. the Media: After seeing newspapers and the television broadcast the news expressing which national celebrities (possibly hundreds of teenagers roles models) have been arrested for theft, drug abuse, and more This made our workshop delegates think that if the newspapers and media are publicising what celebrities are doing that is wrong, and constantly pushing drugs, and other crimes in young peoples faces