Category Archives: Housing

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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The seeds of social breakdown?


The fact that whenever someone speaks legitimately in our Parliament, that their words are recorded and often captured in sound or on video for broadcast purposes is for ‘good’ reason. These men and women are the democratic ‘leaders’ of our … Continue reading

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Another dreadful gap in Governmental understanding


Homelessness is a very complex issue, when one takes into account sofa surfing, inadequately and temporarily housed people as well as the very visible rough sleepers who may spend time on our pavements but may also retreat to squats or … Continue reading

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Government must work to their strengths


The public conflict that frequently emerges between parts of the Labour Party and parts of the Conservative Party regarding how public services and utilities should be owned and controlled, often appears to be a matter of ideology rather than a … Continue reading

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Cross party cooperation is vital for the sake of young people


In the last few days I have read some inspiring news via national news sources of cross party cooperation at work here in Brighton & Hove City Council. The theme of the story was youth work which is a vital … 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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