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Decent homes for the homeless

Tweet“Homelessness doesn’t have a face,” says Janet Marsh, “it can happen to anyone, anywhere.” Marsh, 65, from east London, lost her privately rented home in her 50s after her marriage ended, then became ill with epilepsy and arthritis. “People think … Continue reading

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Why beans are more efficient than potatoes, and other eco-wonders

Tweet Some of us count the calories when it comes to food, but how many of us count the kilowatts too? Watch the quirky video above – there’s animation and a jolly opening piano melody too – and check out … Continue reading

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No voice for the vulnerable

TweetCan you imagine being so desperate for affordable legal advice that you go on an eight-hour, 300-mile bus trip just to get help? I came across such a case seven years ago; a Welsh man facing eviction from his council-owned … Continue reading

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What no big society?

TweetAmid the vibrations of doom and whiff of ennui surrounding anything stamped with the politicised big society seal, a new campaign tagged in plain terms as a grassroots effort to improve a neighbourhood is a bit of an attention-grabber. Shockingly, … Continue reading

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The cuts: the worst is yet to come

TweetAn authoritative analysis in today’s Society Guardian of the deepest spending cuts in a generation, which start from Friday. The special issue inludes some sector by sector breakdowns of savings and job losses, including pieces I contributed to the in-depth … Continue reading

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Self-help housing solutions

TweetSelf-help housing can help solve employment as well as housing problems – so here’s a belated nudge to a piece by Kate Murray, regular Social Issue blogger, which explores the below-the-radar world of community housing projects in Society Guardian.

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Housing’s X factor is tenancy support

TweetJane Forster is a realist. ‘Homeless people with chaotic lifestyles aren’t the most attractive tenants to private landlords,’ she says. It’s a realism that sometimes seems to be lacking among the policy-makers planning a bigger role for the private rented … Continue reading

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Sandi – the networking nan

TweetBy Sandi Hughes Sandi Hughes, 67, describes herself as “a nan with a kick” who not only DJs in her hometown of Liverpool, but is on a mission to get more older people online. Here she describes being what she … Continue reading

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Today’s new Society Guardian housing pullout

TweetIf you want a bite-sized glimpse of social housing setting out its stall ahead of the spending review, scroll down to the end of this post to see the Society Guardian pullout that I commissioned and which is published today. … Continue reading

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