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Bonkers Blog November 2013

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11 November (Part 2) - Gallions Housing “rapped”

My comment about Gallions Housing Association lavishing all the money they are grabbing from their tenants in dubious circumstances on a failed Chief Executive, was, it would appear, inadequately researched. I am grateful to the Thamesmead residents who have added to my store of knowledge.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) Regulation Committee, whoever they may be, has said that Gallions has failed its ‘Serious Detriment’ test by failing to comply with gas safety regulations at one of its properties. More to the point, the HCA is not too happy about Gallions paying its former Chief Executive, Tony Cotter, the highest salary in the country on a per property basis. Mr. Cotter is on record as saying that housing associations should adopt “a more commercial approach”. You can see what he meant by that.

Further report at the Inside Housing website. Bexley council appointed councillor Melvin Seymour to keep an eye on Gallions. A whitewash expert if I remember correctly.

 

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