We need to wake up and smell the coffee!

by Dr Rosalind Beck

9:04 AM, 20th November 2018
About 3 weeks ago

We need to wake up and smell the coffee!

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We need to wake up and smell the coffee!

It is easy in life to think that you as one person can make little difference – wrong.

Shopping in B&Q for example!

You spend a few or a few hundred pounds on materials for your rented house – possibly one which has been wrecked by rogue tenants. You get to the counter and see B&Q have their little collection boxes just past the till for Shelter, an organisation which constantly hammers landlords and seems to think we are the rogues. This is something we might have unthinkingly ignored.

Well the Landlords Alliance has now begun a campaign to shake us out of this apathy.

We should not  give our money to organisations which support those whose mission seems to be to destroy our businesses and livelihoods; whose latest campaign is to get us to house tenants on benefits whether we like it or not, whether they can afford it or not, whether they make riskier tenants or not – whilst housing no-one themselves.

No. We need to wake up and smell the coffee.

So I for one, have withdrawn my custom from B&Q as of today.

I ask them to instead donate to a positive charity which they can be proud of supporting.

There are an estimated 2 million landlords in the UK who with their families and also the people who work for them and shop at B&Q have tremendous consumer power.

I urge other landlords to make the pledge today: ‘I will not shop at B&Q until they confirm they have stopped giving money to Shelter’.

 

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Comments

Neil Patterson

9:09 AM, 20th November 2018
About 3 weeks ago

Homebase only for me now!

MoodyMolls

9:20 AM, 20th November 2018
About 3 weeks ago

Yes I will now not be shopping at Kingfisher group stores until they support another local homeless charity.
I dont even think Shelter is a charity anymore not in the true meaning anyway it just seems to be a massive marketing tool to be used for the downfall of landlords and letting agents in the PRS. .
I call on all letting agents and landlords to follow suit.

Mark Alexander

9:28 AM, 20th November 2018
About 3 weeks ago

Same for M&S, they give 5% of the value of every sandwich they sell to Shelter.

Mark Alexander

9:30 AM, 20th November 2018
About 3 weeks ago

Lesley Lester

9:43 AM, 20th November 2018
About 3 weeks ago

Screwfix for me!

SM

9:46 AM, 20th November 2018
About 3 weeks ago

Hi,
In September we spent over £5000 in B&Q on supplies to referb a flat. I've asked our maintenance guy to send copies of the receipts to me to attach to my letter demanding that B&Q stop supporting those (Shelter) that vilify B&Q customers. Thanks Dr Beck for pointing this out to me, I'll also write to M&S.

Mark Alexander

9:52 AM, 20th November 2018
About 3 weeks ago

Here's another one that might well make you splutter your coffee over your keyboard.

On many occasions in the past I was invited to the annual dinners of IMLA and the CML. Guess who they were raising funds for in their heads and tails' game and silent raffle? Go've got it, Shelter!

Also, did you know that Nationwide Building Society are also massive donors to Shelter via their Nationwide Foundation? Just to join the dots for you, TMW, The Mortgage Works, are a trading style of Nationwide.

Ros poldermans

9:53 AM, 20th November 2018
About 3 weeks ago

B&Q Charity Policy
At B&Q, we believe that everyone should have a home they can feel good about. That’s why we’re passionate about creating good homes by making home improvement accessible for everyone.

However, for people in difficult circumstances, having a home to feel good about may feel impossible.

That’s why in 2017 we launched a new community strategy to create good homes for the people most in need of our help, working in partnership with charities including Shelter and the British Red Cross. You can read more about our work on our Community pages.

The Property Man

9:55 AM, 20th November 2018
About 3 weeks ago

I spend a fortune in B&Q an will be writing to head office about this and letting them know they will loose alot of custom if they continue to support shelter !!

Gromit

10:00 AM, 20th November 2018
About 3 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by David Lester at 20/11/2018 - 09:43
Screwfix is part of Kingfisher group.

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