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Welcome to the learning4housing blog. I will be posting my thoughts and opinions on a range of issues facing the social housing sector. You are more than welcome to post your comments, whether you agree or disagree on the points. The aim here is to stimulate some debate on these issues, whether they are about current government policy or about best practice in housing management or strategy.

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Friday, October 8

Shadow Cabinet

So, Caroline Flint is to shadow Eric Pickles at Communities and Local Government. Remembered for two things whilst in government - her less than popular proposal to make the continuing of social housing tenancies reliant upon tenants to seek employment - and her resignation from the government due to her concerns about Brown's behaviour towards women. She is clearly a stong-minded operator, who is not afraid to speak her mind. Could she be tainted as a Blairite? I wonder how she will fair against the pugilistic Pickles. Could be some interesting battles ahead.

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