https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/02/school-lunch-punish-children-hunger-food-bank It seems to me that there is one feature which unites children over the age of 8 in all situations and all cultures and that is the fear of being different. There are, as with everything, exceptions but in general observable terms, your typical child will go to great lengths to avoid being anything … More This is discrimination against the children of those in poverty
When I left university, my parents advised me to put my name on the council house waiting list. ‘You’ve got nothing to lose’ they said, and I might need it one day. I wouldn’t need council housing I thought. I’d got a degree. I was going to have a profession. My path was one … More Is it really all over for social housing?
It’s all a bit of a mystery it seems. How is it that children from a particular defined class and ethnicity can enter schooling at 5 well up there in terms of ability but by the end of secondary education, their ranking has plummeted dramatically? According to educational think-tank CentreForum’s latest report , the answer … More Why housing matters to educational results
Security is an important thing. Security of tenure is massive so the decision to take away the right for council tenants to have a property for life is at best misguided. The PM has suggested it would increase social mobility, maybe it would on whatever planet he inhabits. Here however, taking away the security of … More Bye bye council house for life
The time of greatest happiness and contentment in my life so far was the first 6 months after the birth of my child number 1. I had no inkling before I met him that I could love and care for anyone so much. Those first few months were a seamless round of feeding, sleeping, going … More Mums and newborn babies shouldn’t have to sleep in cars
The way we use language can make for a fascinating study but we’re all a bit too familiar with the dastardly word play which seems to be an everyday part of our lives now. Where the disabled are described as ‘shirkers’ and those in receipt of benefits as ‘scroungers’. Recently, of course, the debate around … More Warning: includes reference to ‘people’ which some may find upsetting…
Slums are not good. When we talk of them we visualise people living in developing countries, suffering appalling living conditions endured by the poorest of the poor. Alternatively, with a more historical perspective we might think of Victorian Britain, of overcrowded, insanitary conditions and their eventual clearance. At least I thought we did but on … More Is the solution to Britain’s housing crisis really to create slums?
BBC Radio DJ suspended after saying breastfeeding in public is ‘unnatural’ http://t.co/KO3m2mz9J3 pic.twitter.com/SjhNWVrQyh — Red Magazine (@RedMagDaily) August 13, 2015 I breastfed my 3 children. It was good. It was easy. I was lucky. I developed some nifty techniques for breastfeeding discreetly but feeding on-demand did mean that frequently I had to feed my babies … More What I think of a DJ and his views on mothers breastfeeding in public
The private tenants’ lobbying group, Generation Rent are in trouble. Their funding was unexpectedly withdrawn which means they are now desperately trying to raise £60,000 by the end of August so they can keep fighting the good fight. Their hope is that this can be crowdfunded. The last time I looked they’d raised £10294 of … More Generation Rent needs your help!
When I first started writing about renting privately with a family, I was contacted a few times to give interviews or talk about my experiences. This was the result of my name being out there as someone willing to talk about this subject and the coincidental announcement by Labour of their proposals designed to make … More Over 40 and still having housing trouble