Come join us! BMENational 2014 Annual Conference on 22 Oct.

BMEN 2014 Annual Conference final

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Westway is recruiting Director of Financial Services

DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL SERVICES

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£56k plus pension                                                                
Based in West London


Westway HA is proud to be a developing community based landlord.

We have an ambitious Strategic Plan for the next 3 years and we need a Director of Financial Services to help us deliver on those ambitions.

We are looking for a qualified accountant who can demonstrate that they share our values and can provide leadership to our small finance team.

Working closely with the EMT the Board, Staff as well as funders, relationships, performance, and a clear concise analytical approach will be key.

You will be a self-starter willing to roll up your sleeves with strong technical skills and a good IT knowledge and confidence in delivering VFM.

Applicants do not need to have experience in the affordable housing sector, but some property linked background would be useful.

If this opportunity excites you and you have the qualities we are looking for, please visit our website for further information at www.westwayha.org.uk

Closing date: Friday 26 September 2014 (am)
First interview: Thursday 2 October 2014
Second interview: Tuesday 14 October 2014

Director of Financial Services Recruitment Pack 2014
APPLICATION FORM FOR DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL SERVICES 2014

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CIH and BMENational housing rights website

A message from John Perry (john.perry@cih.org) at CIH:

Dear colleague,

I’m sure you are aware of the CIH/BMENational housing rights website (www.housing-rights.info) which provides help to migrants and their advisers about access to housing and housing benefit. CIH has been offered a small grant from the TDS Charitable Foundation (itself funded by the Tenants Dispute Service) to extend the website to cover the private rented sector (PRS). The aim will be to guide migrants and their advisers on access to the PRS, problems they may encounter, how to exercise their rights, access to LHA, the checks that will be imposed by the Immigration Act, etc. It will be of particular benefit to recent migrants who are often forced into poorer parts of the sector and are unaware of their rights and find it difficult to access advice services

We are writing to let you know about this work but also to request (a) any documentation or advice notes which you use and which might be helpful in building up the material (including sources that could be referred to on the site) (b) if you have particular expertise or have staff working in this area (whether advising migrants or advising on entry to the PRS in general), and would be willing to look at draft material before it goes live.

We plan to contact a small number of agencies by telephone to discuss their priorities for advice on the PRS and potentially to road-test some of the material.

We hope that this will further add to what we believe is already a valuable and well-used resource, and in any event we’ll be in touch again early in 2015 when the new material goes live.

Best wishes

John Perry

CIH Policy Adviser

 

If you have any feedback about this new changes, please send your messages to John Perry at john.perry@cih.org.

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Westway HA presents: Service Charge Training with CIH

INTRODUCTION TO LEASEHOLD & TENANCY MANAGEMENT (FOCUSSING ON SERVICE CHARGES)

Date: 15th September 2014
Location: Westway Housing Association              
                Ladbroke Hall, 79 Barlby Rd, London W10 6AZ
Time: 10:00 – 16:30

Description

To make leasehold and service charge management more effective.

Learning Outcomes/objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • State the characteristics of long leases (traditional and shared ownership) and similarities with periodic tenancies
  • Understand the importance of what is written in the lease
  • Explain good practice in billing for and setting service charges (long leases as well as periodic tenancies)
  • State good practice about how to levy services charges on periodic tenants
  • Explain the difference between variable & fixed service charges
  • Understand the statutory framework for service charges and what is says about the need to provide Value For Money (VFM)
  • Manage the Section 20 process when major works are required and manage the repayment of associated charges
  • Apply measures who could help in preventing service charge arrears
  • Appreciate the Universal Credit Housing Cost rules
  • State good practice in managing the collection of service charges
  • Explain the powers of the courts to forfeit leases and how to forfeit leases
  • Understand the role of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber)

DAY PLAN

10.00               Introductions/ course aims/objectives/lesson plan/timetable

10.10              Contents of leases & Tenancies/Rights and Obligations of tenants and leaseholders. Shared ownership leases. Varying leases and tenancies. Differences between the two.

EXERCISE

11.15               Break

11.30               Service Charge management getting it right.

DISCUSSION ON KEY ASPECTS

11.45               Setting Service charges for leaseholders and periodic tenants/Accounting for depreciation/Apportionment issues/Ensuring value for money. Issues around periodic tenancies/variable and fixed service charges (understanding the difference)

EXERCISE

12.30              Statutory framework for service charges and why leaseholders might be able to challenge service amounts/ Can periodic tenants do the same?

13.00               Lunch

14.00               Major Works

EXERCISE

15.00               Break

15.15               Income Recovery Strategies/Other Leasehold Rights/FTT

                        Similarities and differences for period tenancies

                        Universal Credit and Housing Costs

16.00               CASE STUDIES

16.30               Finish

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BMENational Chair joins the CIH Presidential Commission on Leadership and Diversity in Housing

Chartered Institute of Housing unveils diversity commission

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has announced the members of a presidential commission aimed at tackling a lack of diversity among housing leaders.

The commission, which was announced by CIH president Steve Stride at the institute’s annual conference in June, will explore ways to increase ethnic, gender and age diversity.

The CIH announced today that seven members, including Mr Stride, will sit on the commission.

They include: Ashwin Kumar, board member at the National Housing Federation, Cym D’Souza, chair of BME National, Debra Constance, chair of Women in Social Housing and James Caspell, business innovation manager at Tower Hamlets Homes and Inside Housing Rising Stars winner.

Kate Dodsworth, executive director of people and strategy at Amicus Horizon, Farooq Mohammed, chair of the Forum network for BME housing professionals and Michelle Reid, chief executive of Cynon Taff Community Housing Group will also sit on the commission.

The commission, chaired by Mr Stride, will hold its first meeting on 1 September and publish a call for evidence within weeks. The commission will take evidence from employers and individuals before launching a final report with recommendations early next year.

Announcing the commission in June, Mr Stride said: ‘While our workforce is diverse, this is not reflected in our leadership which remains too white, too old and too male. Just look at me.’

The original article on Inside Housing.

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