WHO CARES FOR
What is the next organisation in
Carlisle to be judged among the worst in the country following this judgement in a damning report on the Infirmary by Sir Bruce Keogh? Cumberland
Not many months ago there was a similar report –this time by Ofsted--about the two
schools. The report put these schools among the worst in the country. Carlisle Academy
Today, there is a third report. This time it is about the
Carlisle housing organisation, the giant Riverside Housing Association.Sadly, this report has not the weight of Sir Bruce Keogh behind it, nor has it the nationwide authority of Ofsted .
This third report is simply based on what took place at a meeting of about a dozen people that lasted under an hour.It was prepared by Carlisle Tenants` and Residents`Federation. And this report came to the same conclusion as Sir Bruce and Ofsted. It concluded that
is among the worst housing associations in the country. Riverside
The meeting hadn`t a good start.The dozen or so attending were cramped like sardines into the lounge of one of the flats of Dixon`s Court, Shaddongate.( Riverside don`t cater for tenants` meetings. And previous funding for tenants groups to hold such meetings was cut off without any reason when
took over the council houses ten years ago) Riverside
The Dixon`s Court tenants called the meeting because they are so worried about the standard of care by Riverside that they barricade themselves in at night following the imprisonment of two of the tenants, one for raping a 14 year old girl and the other for drug offences.
Riverside executives attended the meeting. But what they had to say offered no help to the anxious tenants.
***The executives would not talk about any problems in the past, such as why Riverside withdrew its cash community help for such groups as Dixon`s Court.
***The executives had no answer to the many criticisms of Riverside`s tenant allocation policy of mixing old people and young people together which leads to explosive relationships.
***The executives appeared to have no proper appreciation of Riverside`s duty of care to its tenants . Any duty of care appeared to end at when
Riverside staff finished work.And any duty of care appeared to be a police problem.
Perish the thought that it was
that had a duty of care to frightened tenants. Riverside
The government has ordered special measures for the
Infirmary and for the Academy Schools. Cumberland
Special measures for Riverside to help the frightened tenants of Dixon`s Court cannot come quickly enough.