Tuesday, 27 March 2012

NEW CHARTER TENANT DEMOCRACY, WHAT DEMOCRACY? Involving and Empowering Communities - NOT!

New Charter named as finalist for UK housing awards - 1st September 2011
New Charter 7th in top 100 UK companies - 29th February 2012

I've written a few comments on the 24dash Housing website over the last couple of years in response to New Charter's various press releases. They upload most, if not all, of their press releases to this site. My most recent addition was added Saturday 24th March 2012 and as usual I had to await moderation before it would appear. Fair enough. I expected it would be approved sometime on Monday 26th March 2012, but as I write it has not been approved and the working day has passed. My 24dash dashboard shows it is still awaiting moderation but I've never had to wait this long before! I wonder if I might perhaps have said something controversial! Surely not! I mean, if New Charter wish to prance around on the web and invite comment then they have little to be surprised about. I could be wrong, and I hope I am, but I get the distinct impression it won't appear! So I shall add it here just in case! And if it does I shall add the more complete version below to their more recent press release 'New Charter 7th in top 100 UK companies' as well! Why not!  

This is a corrected and much updated version of what's appeared elsewhere on the web for it contained a number of inaccuracies because written off-the-cuff so to speak!

"New Charter Housing Trust Group has been named as a finalist in this year’s UK Housing Awards. It is amongst a shortlist of six in the ‘Involving and Empowering Communities’ category."

My comment:
They don't deserve this at all!
See my article elsewhere on this blog. 

New Charter do not practice DEMOCRACY! They practice a form of paternalism. "(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the attitude or policy of a government or other authority that manages the affairs of a country, company, community, etc., in the manner of a father, esp in usurping individual responsibility and the liberty of choice." http://www.thefreedictionary.com/paternalism

For a start Empowering Communities is not the same as Empowering Individuals! And it is my opinion that New Charter only carry-out so-called empowerment objectives in those communities that give them the greatest kudos, ie a lovely photo opportunity to satisfy their 'Good to Great' hubris!

They are a most anti-democratic organisation and I should know for I've been wrestling with them for many years!

I have the right to stand as a TENANT DIRECTOR in the local elections to sit upon the New Charter Homes Board. I am supposed to be judged according to my manifesto by my peer tenants. New Charter has blocked my application for the last 2 years (2010 & 2011) and no doubt it will be the same this year too! They will not accept it and refuse to put my name on the ballot paper!