Selective Licensing costs used for Nottingham Carnival?

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13:31 PM, 15th August 2019
About a month ago

Selective Licensing costs used for Nottingham Carnival?

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Selective Licensing costs used for Nottingham Carnival?

Nottingham Selective Licensing are sponsoring the local Nottingham Carnival this year. I believe this is being paid for out of the money raised from Landlords via the Selective Licensing Scheme.

Now the government rules regarding Selective Licensing Schemes is very clear in that they are not allowed to make a profit from the money raised. So far it would appear that most of the money raised has been spent on paying the 70 or so staff who otherwise might have been made redundant during the austerity crisis, by employing them to process the applications.

Now they are spending the money on a music and dance carnival parade. Maybe some of their staff will be paid to attend the carnival, hand out a few leaflets regarding the good work that they are doing, and maybe have a dance and a ‘good ole time.’

Be under no mistake, these schemes are about councils raising money to fritter away without actually doing much work at all to improve housing conditions.

If they simply took the money to build an additional 90 new council homes, then I would feel less aggrieved than sponsoring a carnival. (15000 licenses at £780 each, estimated build cost £130k per home is 90 homes.)

Routley



Comments

Neil Patterson

13:34 PM, 15th August 2019
About a month ago

Hi Routley,

I have not been able to find anything, but do you have confirmation that Selective Licensing income is being used for this?

Mick Roberts have your heard?

Harry Albert Lettings & Estates

13:57 PM, 15th August 2019
About a month ago

Reply to the comment left by Neil Patterson at 15/08/2019 - 13:34
I'm also very interested in this. I've gone ahead and raised an FOI request.

Yvonne Patterson

14:15 PM, 15th August 2019
About a month ago

NottmRenters
‏Verified account @NottmRenters
3h3 hours ago

We are really proud to be supporting Nottingham Carnival this year 🥁🎺We have even sponsored the official flyer. We hope to see you this Sunday.

Jessie Jones

14:24 PM, 15th August 2019
About a month ago

They have tweeted the fact from their @nottmrenters account

Mark Alexander

16:36 PM, 15th August 2019
About a month ago

I am fuming, and I don't even have any properties in Nottingham!

Has the National Landlords Alliance reported this to MHCLG?

jeanette Kirkby

9:26 AM, 16th August 2019
About a month ago

I have property in Nottingham and pay the fee and YES I am angry😡😡😡.
Doe anyone know how much money was used and surely this is a misappropriation of funds.

moneymanager

10:10 AM, 16th August 2019
About a month ago

Reply to the comment left by jeanette Kirkby at 16/08/2019 - 09:26
Malfeasance in public office? http://www.lawcom.gov.uk/app/uploads/2016/01/apb_tort.pdf
Page 8.

Mick Roberts

10:33 AM, 16th August 2019
About a month ago

That's exactly it Routley, using the money to pay for staff for admin. All my tenants houses have got worse through Licensing, as we now have much less funds for refurbishments.

Mick Roberts

10:33 AM, 16th August 2019
About a month ago

Reply to the comment left by Neil Patterson at 15/08/2019 - 13:34
I've not heard, I'd be surprised if they'd be as foolish to use tenants hard scrimped welfare food gas elec money to pay for something like this.

They say they've sponsored the Flyer, they could say it's just an advert on there, as they put ads where they can to get other Landlords to pay for Landlords to keep us Landlords happy that have already paid for Licenses.

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