Tag Archives: Homelessness

A vital day to challenge the desire for strong borders


As many people are still arguing that we need to leave the EU and control our borders, despite the last three years of failure to come up with a credible solution, today gives us an opportunity to celebrate the success … Continue reading

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A set of late New Year resolutions


This year I have not yet heard a single person referring to their New Years resolutions, which may simply be that the people I know or who I have met are not inclined to set them for once or to … Continue reading

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Our nation requires some humility and admission of failure


When any Government chooses to commit resources to a matter that is a clear need and has led to the deaths of 600 people over the last year, it is clearly to be welcomed. However if they are not new … Continue reading

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How will Councils respond to the demand


A month ago a new Government policy came into force which will have a huge impact on how Council housing services operate. It is unclear where the funding will come from to meet the demand, but the principle behind it … Continue reading

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A week is a long time in Politics


Once a week my blog appears as a column in the Argus newspaper under the heading ‘I do like Mondays’. This is today’s piece:      Last week should have been important for most people in the UK as two … Continue reading

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Lets make a real difference in Sussex


The following piece appears in this mornings Argus: This coming weekend sees two events taking place here in Sussex that are both an attempt to change the way in which elements of our society operates and to dramatically improve the … Continue reading

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A Government unfit for purpose


Its easy to criticise Governments based on all sorts of criteria, running a nation is not easy. However today’s publication by the National Audit Office on the issue of Homelessness reveals holes in the fabric of the Government that are … Continue reading

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Christmas is [nearly] over


Depending on ones point of view and tradition, Christmas is either over, as Jane Garvey and Julia Hobsbawm (I borrowed this photo from Julia) were discussing on twitter, having already taken down their Christmas decorations, has 3 days more to … Continue reading

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Lets resolve these needs


According to a report in todays Independent newspaper around 280,000 people presented themselves to local Councils as needing a new home in 2013/14, which is a 10% increase on the previous year and 30% on 2009/10. That is the equivalent of a city … Continue reading

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Housing in the countryside


The welcome news this morning that the Lib Dems are to campaign for new Garden Cities in the South of England needs to be matched with a wider debate about the sustainability of many of our villages and hamlets. The … Continue reading

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