Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
About 2 weeks ago 36
Dear Landlords, Someone has sent this the enclosed pdf through, link also below. With more legal knowledge than me you may pick up on something. The attached document has some ‘data’ he collected for selective licensing. Looks very damning reading against the council:
Were the Nottingham City Council Selective Licensing consultation results really in favour of the scheme?
Did the presentation of the consultation feedback data enhance the case for a Selective Licensing Scheme?
When Nottingham City Council at last released data from its consultation exercise into their £20m
Selective Licensing initiative which ran to the end of March 2017, the data demonstrated a broad
rejection of the scheme which was obviously a blow to the Council’s efforts to build support for
Selective Licensing. The data is apparently no longer available but highlights can still be found on
the Executive Board minutes. All in all the Council’s own survey resulted in just 1460 responses, a
large proportion of which were against the scheme along with other aspects such as the then stated
cost, the coverage and the enforcement regime. The subsequent response by the Council has
resulted in much of the consultation feedback being either ignored or the figures being cherrypicked
The Council claimed to have received 1460 responses to it’s consultation survey, 81 submissions from organisations and individuals, a petition totaling 71 against the survey and 208 electronic copies of a letter against the survey.
If a submission has equal weighting with a survey response that’s 1,820 responses (See Figure 1). 68% (993) of the consultation survey respondents were against the scheme which meant that when added to the the other response sources just under 22% of all official consultation responses were in favour of the scheme. To counter this the Council have elected to focus on the survey to the exclusion of the other submissions (unless they were positive) and cherry-picked parts of that survey where tenants were narrowly in favour of the scheme.
It shows to the layman, that the consultation was against the scheme. It appears this survey has been hidden.
Click Here to view the consultation summary.
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