Can you afford me?
warning for those in need
A new warning to prospective tenants of
Riverside Housing Association is highlighted in a letter to the Editor of the News, Carlisle. Prospective tenants now have to complete an Affordability Assessment before they can be considered. Cumberland
Will homeless families also have to complete this affordability assessment asks the writer of the letter, Mr Malcolm Craik of Brampton, a former member of the governing board of Riverside`s Carlisle Housing Association.
Mr Craik`s letter, which has not yet been published, is reproduced here:
“Councillor Betton is to be congratulated for highlighting Riverside Housing Association`s plans to demolish more one bedroomed homes in Borland Avenue, Botcherby, Carlisle at a time when benefit reform is forcing disadvantaged residents to downsize. Perhaps he and his councillor colleagues may now facilitate the provision of the new one bedroomed homes that the City so desperately needs and which
won’t provide. Riverside
In 2002, Riverside, a social housing charity, took over the city`s council houses and promised to improve the housing stock in our city and provide fair rents. Despite this, the housing stock is now seriously mismatched with local need and rents have risen by around £20 per week more than rents for similar social housing in Barrow in Furness.
The City Council’s nomination rights with
Riverside Carlisle, which provide the city with the means of reducing its homelessness, appear to be under threat as continues to seek to reduce its housing stock. Former city council tenants have recently received correspondence from Riverside promoting the discounts available if they wish to buy their homes. This promotion at such a difficult time may further reduce homes available for rent in Riverside Carlisle.
Councillor Betton continues his campaign by collecting signatures for a petition against the demolition. He tells
Carlisle Tenants` and Residents` Federation that there is considerable demand in Carlisle for one-bedroom accommodation, totalling sixty per cent of all applicants for social housing.
Councillor Betton has met the city M.P., Mr John Stevenson. Mr Stevenson is now writing to
Riverside expressing surprise at the demolition plans.
Carlisle Tenants` and Residents` Federation is contained in the first entry of this blog, dated March 25