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Blog entered 20 June 2015.
CORNWALL HOMECHOICE WILLFUL DECEPTION AWARD (51)
A weekly feature which will consider the picture Cornwall Homechoice applicants come across when trying to view the property they are considering bidding on.
Since posting the first (2) awards I have now added a 3rd award in response to a growing contempt towards bidders. According to Cornwall Council it is the Landlord who is responsible for adding the picture and information to the advertisement.
According to Simon JR Mansell MBE, Cornwall Council is responsible for removing errors remaining on it’s website if errors are pointed out to it, and that it will ask the Landlord to supply the correct information as a matter of urgency.
Because the advertisement is on Cornwall Council’s website the ‘Willful Deception Award’ is therefore awarded to both the Council, for abdicating it’s responsibility to the public, and it’s worst 3 housing partners for that week.
In most cases the picture will be willfuly misleading because the Council/partners would have been aware of the problem previously.
Week (51) : 20/06/2015 to 24/06/2015.
1st place ‘Willful Deception Award’ goes to CORNWALL COUNCIL & CORNWALL COUNCIL, for using the description and image “Artist’s impression” for 9 of it’s advertised properties. CC is named twice because it owns the website.
2nd place ‘Willful Deception Award’ goes to CORNWALL COUNCIL & SANCTUARY HOUSING ASSOCIATION, for using the description “No Photo Available” for 3 of it’s advertised properties, for using the description and image “Actual property not shown” for 1 of it’s advertised properties, and for using the description and image “Artist’s impression” for 1 of it’s advertised properties.
3rd place ‘Willful Deception Award’ goes to CORNWALL COUNCIL & COASTLINE HOUSING, for using the description “No Photo Available” for 1 of it’s advertised properties, and for using the description and image “Energy performance certificate” for 2 of it’s advertised properties.
Featured picture this week, above, shows last week’s advertised Homechoice 1 Bed 1st Floor Flat at Timber Close, St Austell, Ref : 19325, owned by Sanctuary Housing. I am using it by way of an up-date. The flat was recently included in a Freedom of Information request to Cornwall Council along with 2 other Timber Close flats advertised this year. Cornwall Council is now obstructing the passage of that FOI request.
Spoke with the new tenant of the only 1st Floor flat available in Timber Close this year who confirmed he moved in a couple of weeks ago. Which begs the question on what planet is property Ref : 19325, property Ref : 18420 and property Ref : 18952.
The “Mansell Award” this week is awarded to Chloe Martin, Complaints and Information Manager, Cornwall Housing Ltd, who on 14 May 2015, via Simon Mansell MBE himself, advised me to make a Freedom of Information request should I need any further information from Cornwall Housing. Duh.
Statistics : Of the 47 properties advertised this week less than half (20) were shown which is pretty pathetic in a digital age. The out-break of 9 “Artist’s impression” from Cornwall Council is an unwelcome development.
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