The twenty per cent more in rent charged to Riverside housing association tenants over those in equivalent council houses has been a big talking point since the Federation highlighted it in this blog last week.
The twenty per cent- an increase built up in the last few years-was discussed in
Carlisle by both the city `s Carlisle South Community Association and the Federation at their monthly meetings.
, it was discussed by the Cumbria Tenants` and Residents` Assembly committee at North West Birkenhead.
At all these meetings, angry tenants wished to know how
justified this twenty per cent difference. Riverside
One clue emerged at the Federation meeting where a member reported apparently excessive charges for painting a shared landing in a block of flats.
The member said he was already paying
more than £60 a year into a sinking fund for the painting. Now an extra charge of £100 had been imposed. Riverside
The Federation will investigate this and other
charges in the face of blocking efforts by Riverside . Riverside, in the experience of the Federation, blocks any purposeful enquiry. Riverside
Federation member Malcolm Craik, who discovered the twenty per cent difference,was congratulated by the Federation on a great deal of hard work that went into what became an excellent piece of investigation. Malcolm compared the rents of several organisations over several years.
Malcolm is a former director of a Riverside organisation, its
Carlisle Housing Association.
Information about the Federation and about
Carlisle South Community Association is contained in the first entry of this blog, dated March 25.