Has the National Housing Federation (NHF) had their sense of irony removed? The NHF collect for food banks while raising rents for hard-pressed HA tenants – thus increasing the need for food banks. 

Has the National Housing Federation (NHF) had their sense of irony removed? The NHF collect for food banks while raising rents for hard-pressed HA tenants – thus increasing the need for food banks. 

HARA thinks it is possible that staff at the National Housing Federation (NHF) have had some form of ‘irony removal treatment.’ 

The NHF tweet that they have collected (93 kilogrammes) of food and supplied for a food bank “It really shouldn’t be necessary but as long as it is, we must support [it].” 

While this same organisation, the National Housing Federation, is about to force through above-inflation annual rent increases (CPI plus1%) for thousands or poorly paid tenants for the next five years (from April 2020).  In other words the NHF will make more people go to food banks. 

To cap it all,  this was tweeted exactly one day before the the Office for National Statistics reported that “Real regular pay was 0.2% lower than the pre-downturn peak reached in April 2008 (1).”  In other words many housing associations tenants have probably not had a real increase in income for 11 years and are therefore unlikely to be able to afford rent increases.

But this irrelevant to the upper echelons of the housing association movement who appear to have no sense of irony at all.

We hope that the Board of the the National Housing Federation do two things. 

Have their sense of irony re-inserted, and stop the rent increases due to start April 2020. 

Merry Christmas!

 

Notes-

(1)https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/articles/labourmarketeconomiccommentary/december2019

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