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?
Something special happened in the run up to the May election: for the first time in a long while, housing was very firmly on the agenda for all parties. Promises were made by most of them to get more houses built and support first time buyers. The winners in May were no exception as they … More A gentle reminder to keep your housing promises, Mr Cameron & BTW a bit more would be nice
I bought my girls some new beds a few weeks ago to replace the pine bunks they’d outgrown. Following a friend’s suggestion I signed up to my local Freecycle group to see if anyone wanted them. In no time they were snapped up and moving off to a, if not better then at least longer, … More ‘Wanted: tent and camping gear as being made homeless’
I love my house. It’s not mine exactly belonging as it does to my landlord but for a year I’ve lived here with my family and we’ve settled into it. Our furniture fills each room; our clutter covers the floors; our dinner plates stand stacked in the cupboard. Already we have history here. We helped … More Hey, it’s not all about First Time Buyers, you know!
Labour has announced plans to institute policies to support those of us who rent privately. These relate to three year tenancy agreements; an annual rent-increase cap; and a ban on letting agents charging excessive fees. As a private renter with a family, it’s the 3-year tenancies which in particular strike me as being a … More Labour’s Policies Relating to Private Renting – What They Mean to this Private Renter and her Family.