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!
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
It’s not nice being cold or watching those you love feeling cold. Worse is experiencing that for a long period of time and knowing that the solution to your discomfort sits tantalisingly close. The radiators are there but you know if you put them on you’ll be confronted with a bill you can’t pay some … More Heat or Eat?
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?
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
N.B The links in the text will lead you to very interesting reports and articles backing up the points made. Please take a look if you have time ‘Zoe’ is a bright and articulate 11 year old living with both her parents who due to illness have been unable to find paid work for much … More Inequality in Education-Why I’m for the use of contextual data in university admissions
The stereotypical image of the individual who finds themselves out of work, unable to find a job and living on benefits, is someone who ‘does nothing.’ A search of Google Images of the term ‘on benefits’ yields an array of depressingly trite yet familiar shots of large families; people in front of the TV; ‘Benefits … More The role of p.o.v.e.r.t.y in the roles we play
Ed Balls announced yesterday his intention to cap Child Benefit for two years following a potential Labour victory next year. This is apparently one way of demonstrating just how safe the economy would be in his hands for in this one simple action he will be saving us all a whopping £400 million. £400 million … More What’s wrong with capping Child Benefit-it’s only a bit less money, isn’t it?