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
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
It had been particularly bad morning. A morning made all the worse by running a bit late, having to contend with very heavy rain and walking against a tide of parents and children trying to get to the school 4 doors away from my house while I was trying to get my child to her … More In which I basically go on a bit about the problem of finding schools as a private renter
A few months ago I had to leave my privately rented house. Along with my husband and 3 children, I was forced to pack up one home and source another very quickly. In the end, from the point of being served an ultimatum by my landlord to walking through the front door of my new … More Homes with children need books
During the recent debate in parliament on the private rental sector Jeremy Corbyn suggested that MPs should ‘ask primary teachers how their pupils suffer from unregulated renting.’ He is absolutely right. Moving house for a child is frequently disturbing. When we moved from our 2 bedroomed council house to a 3 bedroomer after my sister … More Private renting, children and schooling
My son has long wanted to be a professional footballer when he grows up. Football is in the family to an extent which perhaps allows him to feel slightly closer to that dream profession than others of a similar age. For a couple of years he has lived and breathed football and any discussion, however … More A Trouble Shared
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.
I rent. I have never had a mortgage. I earn a salary which I am relieved to say, goes a fair way towards covering my outgoings. I pay more in rent than many people pay for their mortgages, certainly more than my contemporaries do. Undoubtedly though, in terms of how others view me, I … More The Child, the Parent and the Perils of Private Rented Housing