Cornwall Housing apologise over 'patronising' pay your rent Christmas message

Falmouth Packet: Cornwall Housing apologise over 'patronising' pay your rent Christmas message Cornwall Housing apologise over 'patronising' pay your rent Christmas message

Cornwall Housing have apologised if people took a Christmas reminder for tennants to pay their rent as "patronising".

This refers to a recent Cornwall Housing tenant newsletter called ‘Pay your rent, before it’s spent!’ A spokesman said: "The article was intended to remind tenants of the importance of keeping on top of their rent payments over the festive period.

"We know this can be a very expensive time for people and the article offered advice to anyone who was experiencing financial difficulties and contained important messages such as a reminder to tenants in east Cornwall that we no longer give two rent free weeks at Christmas.

"As well as managing the Council’s rental properties, Cornwall Housing has responsibility for tackling homelessness – we have seen first hand the consequences of people not budgeting correctly and prioritising their debts.

"It was certainly not our intention to patronise our tenants in any way and we are sorry if some people have interpreted the article in this way."

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12:30pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Helston Observer says...

I should think they don't give "two rent free weeks" any more at Christmas! As a homeowner with a mortgage, I don't ever recall Cornwall Council giving me two weeks free of council tax at Christmas, nor my bank giving me two weeks off paying my mortgage. Why, just because you are a tenant of Cornwall Council, was it ever considered reasonable that there should be two rent free weeks? I do appreciate that they no longer do this, but it should never have been done in the first place!
I should think they don't give "two rent free weeks" any more at Christmas! As a homeowner with a mortgage, I don't ever recall Cornwall Council giving me two weeks free of council tax at Christmas, nor my bank giving me two weeks off paying my mortgage. Why, just because you are a tenant of Cornwall Council, was it ever considered reasonable that there should be two rent free weeks? I do appreciate that they no longer do this, but it should never have been done in the first place! Helston Observer
  • Score: 10

9:50am Sun 5 Jan 14

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

If the total yearly rent was equally spread across the year to allow two free weeks at Christmas in the same way that one can choose to pay either 12 monthly council tax payments or 10 dearer monthly payments, thus allowing two council tax paying free months at the end of the financial year, then it would be acceptable. However, as I doubt this was the case and the two rent free weeks were probably a Cornwall Council gesture of goodwill, then I believe it is right that this has been withdrawn. If Cornwall Council have a wish to appear generous then this generosity should be enjoyed by all, by way of giving two free weeks of council tax payments.
If the total yearly rent was equally spread across the year to allow two free weeks at Christmas in the same way that one can choose to pay either 12 monthly council tax payments or 10 dearer monthly payments, thus allowing two council tax paying free months at the end of the financial year, then it would be acceptable. However, as I doubt this was the case and the two rent free weeks were probably a Cornwall Council gesture of goodwill, then I believe it is right that this has been withdrawn. If Cornwall Council have a wish to appear generous then this generosity should be enjoyed by all, by way of giving two free weeks of council tax payments. Gillian Zella Martin 09
  • Score: 8

10:52am Sun 5 Jan 14

Rainbow over Helston says...

I wonder if the thumbs down came from people in social rented, well i'm in private rented and no one gives me a freebie. If CC are trying to save money they should'nt be giving away free rent weeks to anyone at anytime. People in private rented usually have much higher rent and still have all the other bills like everyone else to pay. I know of people in social rented that are a lot better off than those in private rented. I think it's good they have stopped this.
I wonder if the thumbs down came from people in social rented, well i'm in private rented and no one gives me a freebie. If CC are trying to save money they should'nt be giving away free rent weeks to anyone at anytime. People in private rented usually have much higher rent and still have all the other bills like everyone else to pay. I know of people in social rented that are a lot better off than those in private rented. I think it's good they have stopped this. Rainbow over Helston
  • Score: 6

12:41pm Sun 5 Jan 14

ronedgcumbe says...

Pwrsonaly I would never enter into a private rental agreement as I simply would not be able to afford it. I would of thought two weeks rent free would of been a nice thank you to good loyal tenants and could be withdrawn for the late payers and antisocial minority.
Pwrsonaly I would never enter into a private rental agreement as I simply would not be able to afford it. I would of thought two weeks rent free would of been a nice thank you to good loyal tenants and could be withdrawn for the late payers and antisocial minority. ronedgcumbe
  • Score: -5

1:07pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Rainbow over Helston says...

I don't have any choice but to rent privately i cant afford a mortgage and there is a waiting list for social housing, but then i go without other things to pay my rent. Perhaps then they should give a free months council tax to good loyal payers. Nice idea ron but CC would be irresponsible to give free rent these days particularly. Have you applied for the town council vacancy.ron? I think as it was a man that resigned it should be replaced by a man, i'm not being sexist but i think men think differently from women and there is already plenty of women on the council to do the thinking their way!
I don't have any choice but to rent privately i cant afford a mortgage and there is a waiting list for social housing, but then i go without other things to pay my rent. Perhaps then they should give a free months council tax to good loyal payers. Nice idea ron but CC would be irresponsible to give free rent these days particularly. Have you applied for the town council vacancy.ron? I think as it was a man that resigned it should be replaced by a man, i'm not being sexist but i think men think differently from women and there is already plenty of women on the council to do the thinking their way! Rainbow over Helston
  • Score: 4

1:15pm Sun 5 Jan 14

ronedgcumbe says...

No I have not called for an election but am considering putting myself forward.my only concern is I may find myself a lone voice at the moment.
No I have not called for an election but am considering putting myself forward.my only concern is I may find myself a lone voice at the moment. ronedgcumbe
  • Score: 4

1:15pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Rainbow over Helston says...

Oh and i am female by the way. I just think there are enough women Cllrs.
Oh and i am female by the way. I just think there are enough women Cllrs. Rainbow over Helston
  • Score: 4

1:26pm Sun 5 Jan 14

ronedgcumbe says...

Rainbow over Helston wrote:
I don't have any choice but to rent privately i cant afford a mortgage and there is a waiting list for social housing, but then i go without other things to pay my rent. Perhaps then they should give a free months council tax to good loyal payers. Nice idea ron but CC would be irresponsible to give free rent these days particularly. Have you applied for the town council vacancy.ron? I think as it was a man that resigned it should be replaced by a man, i'm not being sexist but i think men think differently from women and there is already plenty of women on the council to do the thinking their way!
We had to live with family and eventually accept a small flat 12 miles from my then place of work to get social housing many are not willing to do this. I still think a secure social rent tenancy is something of value a good tenants should be valued.
[quote][p][bold]Rainbow over Helston[/bold] wrote: I don't have any choice but to rent privately i cant afford a mortgage and there is a waiting list for social housing, but then i go without other things to pay my rent. Perhaps then they should give a free months council tax to good loyal payers. Nice idea ron but CC would be irresponsible to give free rent these days particularly. Have you applied for the town council vacancy.ron? I think as it was a man that resigned it should be replaced by a man, i'm not being sexist but i think men think differently from women and there is already plenty of women on the council to do the thinking their way![/p][/quote]We had to live with family and eventually accept a small flat 12 miles from my then place of work to get social housing many are not willing to do this. I still think a secure social rent tenancy is something of value a good tenants should be valued. ronedgcumbe
  • Score: 7

1:32pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

ronedgcumbe wrote:
No I have not called for an election but am considering putting myself forward.my only concern is I may find myself a lone voice at the moment.
Ron in my view it does not matter how one joins the council, whether it be by election or co-opting. I believe it is what one does once they are on the council that counts! If you want to join then apply, I think you are lucky to have the opportunity!
[quote][p][bold]ronedgcumbe[/bold] wrote: No I have not called for an election but am considering putting myself forward.my only concern is I may find myself a lone voice at the moment.[/p][/quote]Ron in my view it does not matter how one joins the council, whether it be by election or co-opting. I believe it is what one does once they are on the council that counts! If you want to join then apply, I think you are lucky to have the opportunity! Gillian Zella Martin 09
  • Score: 8

2:35pm Sun 5 Jan 14

ronedgcumbe says...

Gillian Zella Martin 09 wrote:
ronedgcumbe wrote:
No I have not called for an election but am considering putting myself forward.my only concern is I may find myself a lone voice at the moment.
Ron in my view it does not matter how one joins the council, whether it be by election or co-opting. I believe it is what one does once they are on the council that counts! If you want to join then apply, I think you are lucky to have the opportunity!
Yes Gill you are right. With my opinions on the current council not sure if co-option is a viable option.
[quote][p][bold]Gillian Zella Martin 09[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ronedgcumbe[/bold] wrote: No I have not called for an election but am considering putting myself forward.my only concern is I may find myself a lone voice at the moment.[/p][/quote]Ron in my view it does not matter how one joins the council, whether it be by election or co-opting. I believe it is what one does once they are on the council that counts! If you want to join then apply, I think you are lucky to have the opportunity![/p][/quote]Yes Gill you are right. With my opinions on the current council not sure if co-option is a viable option. ronedgcumbe
  • Score: 8

8:54am Mon 6 Jan 14

krazyitchkatie says...

Some people could do with a good bit of patronising.
Some people could do with a good bit of patronising. krazyitchkatie
  • Score: -9

12:31pm Tue 7 Jan 14

KernBear says...

krazyitchkatie wrote:
Some people could do with a good bit of patronising.
You took the words right out of my mouth..
[quote][p][bold]krazyitchkatie[/bold] wrote: Some people could do with a good bit of patronising.[/p][/quote]You took the words right out of my mouth.. KernBear
  • Score: -12

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