Today’s Guest Post is by the redoubtable Leone. Yes, you have already read it, but I thought it would make an excellent thread-starter on a very important topic. So, Leone, please forgive me, and thank you for your wonderful work.
I knew it –
On December 17 last year I had a visit – by appointment – with a young woman from NSW Housing, to talk about the Baird government’s plans to force public housing tenants out of their family homes when those homes became, allegedly, too big after the kids had all moved out.
I was informed of my options – apply for a transfer, be offered two new residences and either accept one of them or stay where I am and pay $20 a week extra for the privilege. They say it’s because families are waiting for homes. I say it’s revenue raising. The public housing shortage here is mainly in one or two bedroom ‘pensioner’ accommodation, which is what they want me to take. According to their website the waiting list for such accommodation here is at least five years.
Anyway, I was given a stack of forms to fill in and assured by this very polite young woman that she would be back the next week for my final decision. I am just one of many local tenants facing this problem, not all of them oldies. .
I heard no more from her. I suspected that the whole thing had been quietly put aside until after the NSW election. You can’t have a mob of angry tenants protesting in the street about being forced out of their homes. Not a good look at all.
I was right.
Today a letter arrived from the same woman. She didn’t bother asking me what I had decided, she didn’t bother coming back for the paperwork, she has just told me I will be offered two places and I can expect to be rehomed in less than twelve months. If I refuse both offers – which I will do – they will begin eviction proceedings. This was a threat to make me comply. The department’s policy is still to simply charge extra rent, not to evict.
My needs – which she has acknowledged in writing – complicate things. I need ground floor, level access, with a yard (for the cats) and assorted bathroom modifications. Such a place does not exist here. Good luck finding something suitable that does not exist within twelve months.
Bring it on, I say. I can’t wait for the headlines – ‘Seventy year old disabled grandmother forced out of her home’………..
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Bradford West: LAB gain from George Galloway
I think I’ll stop here with the live updates as we pretty much know where it’s going to end up.
Well done GL,
Here is the Guardian Website with good data
Yep, thanks for the info.
I have to say I really like the Guardian map of election results, showing each electorate with size weighting. Much easier to understand than the to-scale maps with large blue rural seats overshadowing the tiny red dots of city seats.
Well played, GL.
burning wood as a “renewable energy” source…Isn’t that one of the faults that got us to this crossroad?
Thank you for your great work today. Very much appreciated here.
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yet to meet person admit voting LNP…voting public hides it’s crime behind a “fig-leaf” of shame,call it nationalism..I call it cowardice!
Alan Austin, for Crikey, on the Coalition’s economic management.
I’ll post the lot because it’s locked and because it is a very handy summary of just how the government has run down the economy, with all the figures.
Hapless Hockey’s half-term horrors
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damn!…how do you get these things to work????
Whoa, the Liberal Democrats have lost 40 of their 57 seats, holding only 6 so far. 11 left to count.
The UK psephos were saying they’d be likely to hold at least 20 because of incumbency values, turned out that didn’t amount to much.
Also it looks like Labour has won back most of the seats it lost to the Lib Dems in 2005 as a result of the backlash from the Iraq War and tuition fee rises.
Is this what you were after?
There’s a handy little graphic – keeps updating – at the top of this, showing progress towards a majority.
yet to meet person admit voting LNP
They don’t have to. You just know it spontaneously from the very words they utter.
Last Scotland seat Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk calling in with an SNP gain from LDP, bringing the SNP’s total to 56 of the 59 Scotland seats.
But the way things are looking, all of them will be irrelevant in the next parliament.
Ta, Leone…I won’t ask how yers did it’ cause i know yers done it!…anyway, I’ll forget, sure as eggs!
looks like the Scots’ just voted themselves out of the game!
Those silly SNP. dicks think they are going to call the shots in the next parliament…they’re a minor party, the Tories will sideline them faster than it takes to cool a canape!
Burning wood is carbon neutral as all of the carbon in the CO2 was taken from CO2 in the atmosphere. BUT in this case they want to use native forest wood “waste” . Renewable ? Yeah right, every hundred years or so.
All just a move to sling money to their dodgy native forest timber companies.
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