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RSSBeth Peakall

Beth is the Managing Director of Transformance Consulting. She helps people in both the private and public sectors to understand themselves and others better. This understanding leads to better communication, better teamwork and better relationships, transforming their performance and, through that, their business. Beth worked in the social housing field in Canada and the UK for 13 years in a variety of management positions. As a board member of Leicester Quaker Housing Association she has also seen housing from the boardroom perspective.

Blog posts by Beth Peakall

Pensioner protest

March 30th, 2010 by Beth Peakall

Inside Housing (19th March 2010) has the story of an 85 year old tenant refusing to pay his floating support charge because his residential warden has been removed from his scheme. Although the council has carried out a consultation, clearly his view was to keep the warden. His story is becoming...

Is lean management the way to save sheltered housing?

February 14th, 2010 by Beth Peakall

The issue of wardens in sheltered housing continues to rumble on. Even though Barnet and Portsmouth Councils have said they will not appeal the judicial review ruling, this only means they will need to redesign their tenant consultation process to take into the account the ruling; it does not mean the...

Housing apprentices

February 4th, 2010 by Beth Peakall

I attended the low key launch of the housing apprentiship in London, taking place during National Apprentiship week. I hope this route does get consideration by those in housing as they are a way of trying to bring people into housing and into a career. The government is giving grants to employers to...

Housing is about people, not property

February 2nd, 2010 by Beth Peakall

I was interested in the article regarding overcrowding in the Somali community in London. I worked with Karin Housing, and I saw the report in its draft stage. Sue Lukes' comment regarding choice based letting system is true not only for the Somali community but many in the London area. On-line systems...

What price care

July 25th, 2008 by Beth Peakall

I've been perusing the July issues of Inside Housing. The 11th July issue is full of the muddled thinking we are now sadly used to from the government. We see a huge spread on the massive cut backs in Supporting People funding, which is not just cutting back support to the most vulnerable, but also...

Housing Associations to the rescue?

June 19th, 2008 by Beth Peakall

The bad economic news just rolls on and on. It's been interesting reading the last two or three issues of Inside Housing. Is this the time housing associations - after years of being a political football - gets to be centre stage in an economic recovery? I am intrigued by the idea of housing associations...

Snapping up bargains?

May 17th, 2008 by Beth Peakall

You can't turn on any news these days – print, TV or radio –and escape the credit crunch and the possible impact on the housing market. I am not an economist, so I'm baffled at times by the contradictory information coming out. I worry that we will, if we are not careful, make the worst case scenarios com...

Quality is cheaper

May 3rd, 2008 by Beth Peakall

Rebecca Mollart makes the point about considering “quality as part of floating support debate”. I work with a number of local councils, and one of them is “time and motion” bound. The floating wardens are given 8 minutes per week per older tenant – that is how their work load is allocated. Having ma...

Lifetime homes standards

April 11th, 2008 by Beth Peakall

Three cheers - very loud ones - for Bill Randall! In this week's Inside Housing, his column makes the clear case for lifetimes homes. I would point out that this is not just for home owners - think about the housing management case. How many transfer cases are on your books now because the home is unsuitable?...

A good old fashioned talking to

April 6th, 2008 by Beth Peakall

I read with great interest that, according to a Housemark study, that verbal warnings work better than court action in tackling anti-social behaviour. Apparently 85% of cases were successfully dealt with by talking to the person/people involved. Are we REALLY surprised by that? These statistics are borne...