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					    Newsletter Winter 10

  sTepney Green CourT’s Halloween parTy
           was a HuGe suCCess
The Halloween Party posters       orange shimmery material and        done that at times, it was hard   giant lollies and goodie
went up a week early, which       long, dark curtains. Every wall     to know who was who.              ‘ghostly’ bags.
meant the children were           was covered in either a witch,
feeling very excited and          pumpkin, skull or cobweb.           Lots of games were played,        There was plenty of food,
really looking forward to         A huge spindly, long-legged         including musical statues,        drinks and snacks - which
it. More than 30 children,        spider was hanging down from        apple bobbing, pin the tail       also included a selection of
whose ages ranged from            the ceiling and close by, was a     onto a life-sized donkey          Halal food. There was lots
2 to 13, came along.              life-sized model named George       and ‘pin the head onto the        of music and disco dancing
                                  that moved on chains!               witch’. The children enjoyed      and afterwards to end all
As they entered the hall,                                             decorating marsh mallows and      the fun, the children spent a
they were amazed at the           The children dressed up in          had fun trying to find hidden     short time doing some ‘trick
Halloween decorations ‒ it        wonderful Halloween outfits         treasures such as sweets and      or treating’.
was unrecognisable! Rose,         as ghosts, witches, zombies,        squidgy ‘mice’ and ‘all things
Lynn and Miranda had worked       ghouls and pirates. Their make-     nice’ in a yucky bowl of home     Thanks to TA Secretary Carol
extremely hard, decorating the    up included green hair, wigs        made ‘slimy spaghetti’. Prizes    Bassi for this article. 
hall with magnificent black and   and fake blood. It was so well      included spooky jewellery,

renT InCreases for 2011                                                                                 In THIs Issue
The net rents (excluding          Rents are increased once a          Approximately 35% of IDS’         Jack & the Beanstalk p2
service charges) that             year. The level of increase is      rents are below the target
                                                                                                        Recent & future benefit changes p2
housing associations and          based on the Retail Price Index     rent and those rents will
local authorities charge          (RPI) at the 30th September         be increased by the               Prize draw p3
for their properties              each year plus 0.5 %. The RPI       maximum amount.                   Callpay p3
are controlled by the             at 30th September 2010 was
Government’s agency, the          4.6% so rents will be increased     On average this means that        Home contents insurance p3
Tenant Services Authority.        by 5.1% in 2011.                    our rents will be increasing      Tenant Involvement p3
                                                                      by between £5 a week for
Each individual property          In addition to the percentage       a 1-bedroom flat to £9 a          Gabriel House p4
has a target rent which is        increase, those organisations       week for a 4-bedroom flat         Christmas opening hours p4
set using criteria including      whose rents are below the           in 2011. 
number of bedrooms,               target rent must increase their
location and amenities.           rents by a further £2 a week
                                  until the target rent is reached.

Winter 2010
JaCK and THe BeansTalK
Over 60 tenants and friends      Evil landlords Runner Bean
from Evelyn Court, ranging       and Broad Bean have raised
in ages from two years           the rents in order to feed the
to 60 plus, enjoyed a trip       fearsome Giant Blunderbore’s
to the Hackney Empire            ever increasing appetite. Unless
in early December to see         something is done quickly, Jack,
the pantomime Jack and           his mother and his friends will
the Beanstalk. Clive Rowe,       be out on the street.
enjoying his ninth outing
at the Empire, played Dame       The panto is playing until
Trot supported by other          the 9th January. Well worth a
celebrities from the world of    family outing. 
TV and theatre.

Maggie Cooke from Evelyn
Court Tenants Association said
“It was a great evening. The
panto just gets better every
year. There’s something for
everyone and the sets and
scenery were fantastic”.

The plot was somewhat
ironic given the 60 housing
association tenants in the
audience. Set in the town of
Hackneyville, all is not well.

reCenT and fuTure BenefIT CHanGes
From 25 October 2010             From February 2011                 From April 2011 the non-      refers to those tenants who
lone parents with a              existing incapacity benefits       dependant deduction that      have adults such as grown-up
youngest child aged 7            claimants (those on                is taken from your Housing    children living with them. It is
or over were no longer           Incapacity Benefit, Severe         Benefit/Council Tax Benefit   vital that the non-dependents
entitled to Income Support       Disablement Allowance              will be increased and will    actually contribute to the
solely on the grounds of         and Income Support on              increase in line with the     rent and council tax bill as
being a lone parent. They        Disability Grounds) will be        consumer price index every    the deduction in benefit is
will now have to transfer to     entitled to Employment and         year after this. The non-     because they are sharing the
Jobseeker’s Allowance.           Support Allowance.                 dependant deduction           same house. 

      Providing homes, supporting communities
prIze draw                                                                                              TenanT
Our prize draw is back! For                                                                             InvolvemenT
those of you who missed
out last year, you are now in                                                                           Major repairs, redecoration
with another chance to win                                                                              and improvements projects.
up to £300.00 just for having
                                                                                                        IDS aims to involve tenants
a clear rent account! All you
                                                                                                        in projects starting from the
have to do is make sure that
                                                                                                        design stage through to the
you do not have any arrears.
It doesn’t even matter if                                                                               management and completion
Housing Benefit pays your                                                                               of the project. We have just
rent. All that matters is that                                                                          prepared a new consultation
your rent account is clear.                                                                             document which sets out the
                                                                                                        proposed approach for all
We completed the first draw in    paying your rent and arrears       If you are not sure that your      future projects. The document
October and we would like to      via direct debit. If your rent     rent account is clear or if you    will be considered by the
congratulate Ms Skidalski, Ms     account is clear, and/or if you    want to set up a direct debit      next Tenants Forum Meeting
Thomas and Mrs Rotterman.         are currently paying your rent     in time for April’s draw then      scheduled for January 2010. A
The next draw will be taking      via direct debit (for the past     contact your Estate/ Scheme        copy of the document can be
place in January when we          four consecutive months, and       Manager, or the IDS Head           downloaded from our website
won’t only be entering those      if your direct debit has not       Office on 020 8800 9606.
of you who have a clear rent                                                                            now, and we would be happy
                                  bounced within the past            Good luck!                        to receive your comments. 
account, but we will also be      12 months) then you will be
entering those of you who are     automatically entered.

Paying your rent just got         a set of security standards that   payment card at the Post Office
easier with the introduction      ensure maximum protection          or any shop with a PayPoint,
of Callpay at IDS. Now when       for both the card holder and       over the phone with AllPay
you contact Head Office you       IDS so your payment will be        (0844 557 8321), over the
can make a payment over           safe and secure.                   internet (,
the phone directly to us.                                            via text message (once you have
We will be able to accept         Once the transaction is            registered with
payments from both credit         complete we will give you a        or by paying in a cheque or cash
and debit cards including         transaction reference number       at Head Office.
Visa, Solo, Master Card,          and an authorisation code. We
Maestro and many more.            will print and post the receipt    For more information on
                                  to you or even email it to you     making payments over the
All you need to do is confirm     if you would prefer. It couldn’t   phone to IDS or about the
your address, how much you        be easier.                         many other ways that you can
would like to pay and provide                                        pay, please contact either your
                                  Don’t forget, there are still      Estate Manager or the housing
us with your card details.
Callpay is fully compliant with
                                  many other ways to pay your
                                  rent including standing order,
                                                                     management team at Head            THe loCal
                                                                     Office (020 8800 9606). 
the Payment Card Industry
Data Security Standard which is
                                  direct debit, using your rent                                         offer
                                                                                                        Following our consultation
Home ConTenTs InsuranCe                                                                                 and road shows the ‘Local
                                                                                                        Offer’ was produced. The
To insure or not to insure        The damage may be caused           IDS insures the fabric of its      document, which was
that is the question?             by a flood or maybe a fire.        buildings, the roof, walls and     approved by the Tenants
                                  It maybe caused by another         windows but your personal          Forum Meeting in October
In the current economic
                                  tenant’s washing machine           items/contents are not             2010, sets out the standards
climate one might ask the
                                  or bath overflowing or a           insured by us.                     of our services. If you do
question “Should I renew my
                                  blocked drain and they                                                not already have a copy,
home contents insurance                                              I recommend that you
                                  may not be insured. The                                               one can be obtained from
or take out cover if I do not                                        consider taking out contents
                                  damage could be so bad                                                your Estate Manager or
already have any?” I believe                                         insurance if you do not
                                  that you may need to move                                             Sheltered Scheme Manager
the answer is always yes.                                            already have cover.
                                  out and live in temporary                                             or downloaded from our
It is always a judgement call,    accommodation which                                                   website .
                                                                     Melvin Dawson
but unless you have savings       could cost around £500                                                The website also contains
                                  per week. If you lose all the      Director of
set aside to replace lost items                                                                         the results of the interviews
                                  items in your property the         Technical Services 
then you should always take                                                                             undertaken as part of the
out home contents insurance.      replacement costs could run                                           road shows. 
                                  into £10,000 to £20,000.

      Providing homes, supporting communities
GaBrIel House
Nine new flats were recently
completed for IDS in Dalston.
Gabriel House comprises
eight flats for affordable rent
and one shared ownership
(part buy/part rent) flat.

The scheme forms part
of a larger development
of 45 flats in total built by
Taylor Wimpey. The 36 flats
for private sale are in the
adjoining Jacob House.
One reason for the choice
of Biblical names for these
blocks was the former use of
the site by the West Hackney
Synagogue. IDS worked in
partnership with a much
larger housing association,
Genesis Housing Group, who
were responsible for the
development process and
sold the scheme to IDS after     three bedrooms. The shared          the carbon footprint of the
its completion.                  ownership flat is a one-            flats in use.
                                 bedroom property with a
Gabriel House is situated at     separate entrance. All flats at     Under ‘sub-regional’
the junction of Shacklewell      Gabriel and Jacob House are         allocation arrangements all
Lane and Amhurst Road very       served by a district heating        the units for rent are offered
close to Evelyn Court. For       system which provides               to families bidding to Local
this reason the block will be    heating and hot water. There        Boroughs under the Choice
looked after by Evelyn Court     are sophisticated metering          Based Lettings scheme. In
Estate Manager, Mary Powell,     systems to enable individual        the case of Gabriel House
and her team of caretakers.      billing for the amount of           five nominations are from
There are eight large family     energy used. This is the first      Hackney with one each from
homes for rent ‒ four with       scheme for IDS with such a          Newham, Tower Hamlets and
four bedrooms and four with      system, intended to reduce          Waltham Forest. 

CHrIsTmas openInG Hours

 Dates                            Head Office             Estates

 20 to 24 December 2010           Open                    Open

 25 to 29 December 2010           Closed                  Closed / Out-of-hours service

 30 & 31 December 2010            Open                    Open

 1 to 3 January 2011              Closed                  Closed / Out-of-hours service

 4 January 2011 onwards           Open                    Open

Normal Head Office and          If you have a maintenance          please contact Barry
Estate opening times will       emergency when the Estate          Stewart on the out-of-hours
apply up to and including       Offices are closed (and no         emergency line:
Friday, 24 December 2010.       Duty Caretaker is on duty),        07050 053807.

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