From Grangemouth to the streets of London, union Unite’s inflatable rat has been working hard in recent months. It has even appeared outside the offices of at least one affordable housing provider. However, it’s not the RSPCA which is now intervening, but rather the Government.
Over the recent weeks, Unite’s tactics have been garnering attention from the press and politicians. Employers and the Government have raised concerns over the manner it has been conducting industrial action, which has included members congregating outside the homes of management; senior staff being personally caricatured in posters and flyers; and the use of a large inflatable rat intended to depict managers who disagree with the union.
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On 15 October 2013, the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 (the Act) came into force. The Act creates new provisions to assist registered providers and local authorities combat illegal sub-letting. It is important to note that the Act will not apply to shared ownership lessees who are also assured tenants.
The following article outlines a few of the key changes and some initial guidance.
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