This post has two main strands, pointing you in the direction of items on my website, www.londontu.be and also sharing links to some excellent articles on social housing in the wake of Cameron’s announcement regarding “sink estates” this weekend.
SOCIAL HOUSING ARTICLES
The social housing situation in West Norfolk, where I have lived since December 2005, is such that I was unable to find social housing for myself, and was only ultimately able to move into a place of my own by renting privately. Thus, my first concern with the Cameron plan as announced is that we have not been told what effect it will have on the overall availability of social housing (though we can all guess, given the Tory record on this issue, and Mr Cameron’s steadfast refusal to give a straight answer when questioned). The second and more serious concern is the laughable inadequacy of the £140 million figure quoted by Cameron if the intention was actually to improve the situation, rather than opening up another front in the Tories ongoing war on social housing. A housing estate a stone’s throw from my own flat in King’s Lynn has recently seen a redevelopment project stutter to a halt because £10 million proved insufficient for the purpose. More detail on the Hillington Square project is available on their official website.
That is enough of me on social housing, now for some links:
- Jayne Linney hits the nail on the head with this post.
- SPeye Joe provides this offering under the title “Who do you think you are kidding Mr Cameron”
- Finally, London Mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan (he would be my second choice behind Sian Berry if I had a vote in that election) has this article in The Mirror.
SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM WWW.LONDONTU.BE
Also, nicely combining public transport and responsible shopping practices, here is a post about my latest London Underground themed purchase.
Finally, I have made use of the fact that the Dafabet Masters, one of Snooker’s triple crown (along with the UK and World championships), is now under way at Alexandra Palace by putting up an appropriate post.
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A COUPLE OF PHOTOS TO FINISH