Loan sharks exploit borrowers and use horrendous methods to enforce repayment. But a specialist trading standards team is cracking down on the offence and using money reclaimed from the criminals to benefit the communities they stalk.
Leafing through our news archive, it’s remarkable how many housing stories revolve around cannabis. So, for this month’s Fact or Fiction we thought we’d draw on five of the stranger dopey tales from the last few years - and throw in one that’s completely homegrown.
Richard Wilson, assistant director of finance at Family Housing, confesses to an obsession with the ‘X Files’, and explains how Jeremy Clarkson destroyed his favourite clothing.
Don’t always believe what you read in the tabloids. Celebrities can be a kind bunch, using their precious free time to back good causes and raise morale among workers. Here are six examples of just that within the world of social housing. As ever, five are true and one is so totally made up.
Peter Brown, chief executive of Herefordshire Housing, reveals that his first record was too long ago to remember, how he realised that soap operas were eating away his evenings and his admiration for a mentally unstable chess player.
David Orr National Housing Federation
Mark Kent Triathlon Homes
Alistair McIntosh Housing Quality Network