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?
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?
Exactly a year ago, my then landlord told me he would rather sell the house we had been living in for some time than make the changes required, in his words, ‘to make it safe’ for us. He raised some possibility of letting us stay if we agreed to a rent increase to cover the … More Interconnectedness & Housing
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?
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Just recently someone asked me how people respond when they find out that I rent privately as opposed to owning my home. It was an important but tricky question which got me thinking a bit more about this whole issue of what our tenure says to others. This is not my first mention of this … More What do people think when they find out I rent privately?