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Andrew Stoddart

Is everyone ready for CIL?

Published Monday 16th March 2015

Research by Savills has revealed that 69% of local planning authorities (LPAs) will not have a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) in place by the April 2015 deadline. The CIL - a non-negotiable charge enabling authorities to raise funds for local area infrastructure - is set to replace the existing section 106. However, with LPAs ta...

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Anne Rowlands

Staying in touch

Published Tuesday 24th February 2015

I recently had the pleasure of visiting one of our oldest residents, a very sprightly 103-year-old woman who lives in one of our sheltered housing schemes in Stockton-on-Tees. The lady, who certainly belied her 103 years, told me she moved into the schem...

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Rob Hattersley

Baked bean safety

Published Monday 18th August 2014

Last night Carolyn and I watched ‘The Rain Man’ (1988) starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. Despite its age, a surprisingly good film. At one point, Raymond Babbit, who has social difficulties but is a very high functioning autistic, bec...

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Yvonne Hutchinson

"It's all good"

Published Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Last week’s Panorama programme about fraud in the NHS was shocking!  It’s difficult to imagine how apparently respectable professionals can watch NHS budgets being slashed and still stick their greedy mitts in to extract even more!  I’m sitting i...

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Steve Ellard

Sexy Housing

Published Sunday 15th December 2013

"So, you’d like to work in social housing?" - said no Careers Officer; ever.  Okay, so that may be a little presumptuous. There may be a handful of teenagers out there, somewhere, who are desperate for a career in social housing. I highly ...

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Phil Morgan

Yes to Homes, No to Homes?

Published Friday 22nd November 2013

Recently I took part in a BBC Three Counties interview about Yes to Homes. They had already interviewed someone from the National Housing Federation and I was happy to chip in with broadly supportive comments. Feeling faintly smug I was driving later th...

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