- Posted:Tuesday 26 January 2016
In partnership with District Councils' Network, we have produced a set of slides that illustrate the key role played by district councils in keeping us healthy. We hope they will be a useful resource for you – please feel free to use them in your office, in documents or presentations.
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These slides are based on The district council contribution to public health: a time of challenge and opportunity, an independent report written by The King's Fund but commissioned by District Councils' Network.
I will bring the conversation back to the 'topic of the month' 'supported accommodation' with one added word -unregulated.
I will speak about my personal experience in my role as an Advocate in Mental Health.
This particular Housing Association (one of the largest) allowed their clients to live in 'filthy, disgusting' conditions? they had not inspected their properties for three years? while at the same allowed to put up their rents by some considerable amount on the basis they provide 'Supported Accommodation'/
NOT good for those suffering from a Mental Illness.
The Local Authority contracted out to a Private Management Company?
who also had a Contract with the Housing Association (supported accommodation)? Interesting because we now have one organisation serving two 'MASTERS', the LA are funding the Private Management company from a 'Supporting Peoples' Grant! so why are the Housing Association being allowed to increase their rents each years? for what?
The LA 'Care Quality Framework' (unregulated accommodation) allowed these individuals to live in filthy, disgusting accommodation? so we now have two organisations 'letting' down the Mentally Ill.
In actual fact there are 3 agencies letting down the Mentally Il in this case. It is the LA, the LA Private Management Company, and the Housing Association (supported accommodation)
The SUMMARY is NO independently 'Monitoring' of either. (or should I say ALL 3 Agencies)
The LA will not allow Public viewing of the CQF Inspection Report? because it was NOT them that did the Inspecting, it was the LA Private Management Company?
The Housing Association Contract with the LA Private Management Company is to ensure the 'fabric of the building is in 'good order' and to help the tenants towards 'Independent Living' .
'SUMMARY' the Housing Association failed to 'Monitor' the LA Private Management Company?
Housing Association should be regulated, and Inspected by an organisation like the CQC.
Inspections should take place on an Annual basis or more frequently if a tenant, relative raises concerns. A 'friends and family feedback' system would be put in place, reporting back to a locality based 'Inspection' office. All Inspectors would be appointed from the locality.
My idea 'fits' in nicely with 'Devolution' and is workable.
My Intervention directly with the CEO of this London based HA resulted in all the one bedroom flats I was involved in were refurbished, with high quality kitchens and bathrooms.
The LA continue to refuse access to their CQF Reports, and the CCG appear top be absent from everything.
I am NOT in favour of Housing Association being given an exemption from the 1% rent reduction based on the above, without my intervention they would still be living in unhygienic, filthy, disgusting conditions, and suffering the humiliation of a rent rise each year.
PASS the WORD and Implement my ACTION plan,.
We have an incinerator , soon to be lit, we have a clay industry with Calciner , just across a narrow road from the incinerator we have very heavy holiday traffic . None of this contributes to clean air.
It used to be that artists flocked to Cornwall for the fantastic clear light.
Of recent years that light has dimmed .
Please indicate just who is responsible for fouling Cornwall's air and what District Council will protect our health,
The Unitary Council are not prepared to undertake air quality testing of ambient air before and after light up of the incinerator, leaving the Suez incinerator company to give us their findings and the Council clearing their consciences by giving one of the Parish Councils £10,000. , a year to undertake minimum testingjVir3T