Oh dear, I can’t believe the last blog I posted was after last year’s Empty Homes Network conference, where did that time go?!
Our council is currently undergoing a major transformation where all our current roles will no longer exist and we will be invited to apply for generic roles instead. I’m looking at it all a positive way (my usual ‘default’ position) and hoping that I’ll still be able to carry out empty homes work, which I love. I’ve learned so much over the past ten years and am still learning and enjoying new challenges.
I’m feeling positive because Adam Cliff is the new ‘David Gibbens’ for our EHN ‘figurehead’. Welcome to Adam, I’m already looking forward to the first conference he’ll be organising on Wednesday 25 September. I agree that Autumn is a good time to kick off with new ideas after the summer holidays.
I also like the fact that it’s the month before national Empty Homes Week. This means we can gather new ideas from the conference workshops and still have time to prepare something for the media for Empty Homes Week. I’m loving Adam has kept the same location in Birmingham too – if it ain’t broke….
Wetherspoons has become our ‘discussion and drinks’ corner the night before the conference, where it’s great to see old friends again and catch up on their lives and empty homes work.
So, what did your council decide to do with the powers given to them to decide on whether to double the council tax Premium charge?
I’d love to know if your council has doubled the Premium – how is it going with empty home owners? Is a doubled Premium a better ‘lever’ to engage with owners?
Contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org, I’d love to hear your thoughts so far. Our council has not yet doubled the premium, so your feedback could be really helpful. Looking forward to hearing from you, thanks.
Best wishes from the Lakes,
Lynne Leach, Empty Homes Officer, South Lakeland District Council