This is discrimination against the children of those in poverty

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

Mums and newborn babies shouldn’t have to sleep in cars

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

Warning: includes reference to ‘people’ which some may find upsetting…

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…

Is the solution to Britain’s housing crisis really to create slums?

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?

Private renters – What choice(s) do we have?

Hannah Fearn recently focused on the Residental Landlords’ Association’s call to politicians to back regulations they feel will increase properties and raise standards in the PRS. All parties are urged in this election year to support this sector which the RLA feels has the potential to become ‘a first choice for those seeking a place … More Private renters – What choice(s) do we have?