The truth about social housing

Today I’m a little angry. More than a little, in fact. Here’s why: Long-term readers may be aware that I rent my house, from a Housing Association, with my partner – the famous Mrs Mike. She has long-term disability issues affecting both her physical and mental health. She is, in fact, due to go into hospital tomorrow for a carpal tunnel operation. This is an operation on her wrists, after which she will not be able to use her hand for 24 hours or so. It will be strapped to…

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Show your contempt for this arrogant dictatorship

Does anybody reading this still think the UK is a democracy? I dare say most people are aware that the government, in the House of Commons, has reversed all seven amendments made by the Lords to the Welfare Reform Bill. This means the new benefits cap of £26,000, per family, will include Child Benefit. The Bill will also: Require cancer patients to undergo a means test for Employment Support Allowance – if they fail, they have to look for work Reduce the lower rate of the ‘disabled child’ element of…

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Benefits v bonuses – everybody’s a loser!

As I type these words, this has been a day of defeat for the government. Its bid to cap benefits at £26,000 – forcing some families to face the prospect of losing their homes – has been defeated by the Lords, while in the Commons, MPs totally failed to cap the spectacularly high amounts paid to (for example) bankers. The link between the two is the average amount of pay earned by workers in the UK today. The government says this is £26,000, which Tory MP Margot James seems to…

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