Preparing for Armageddon

Loss adjustors may not be everyone’s idea of the fourth emergency service, but when a disaster happens, they’re one of the first groups on the scene to assess the damage. I visited the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjustors for a insider’s view of the worst-case scenario. I suppose it’s comforting to know that there are people slaving away on contingency plans to prepare us for all eventualities. What’s less comforting is that they always refer to “when” and not “if”.

Back to the future

One of the most eye-opening, exhausting and enthralling few days I’ve spent lately involved trawling through 25 years – that’s about 1250 issues – of Inside House magazine for its anniversary issue. The world – and social housing – was a very different place in 1984 under the Tories but, by the time I’d read all the way back to the present, the irony of where New Labour’s policies have ended up was overwhelming.