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Ms Macbeth

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    Baby boomer

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  • Location
    Hillsborough mostly
  • Interests
    Reading, genealogy and the BHF.
  • Occupation
    Retired except on the days I volunteer!

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  1. I've worked in local authorities under committees and cabinet set ups, and the largest party ultimately has the say regardless. Committees works best, IMO, where there is no one party with a large majority. I'm surprised no-one has mentioned the recent change in leadership. (Apologies if I missed anything) We have had the 'Strong Leader' model, but without a strong leader! I have no affiliation to any party, I've rarely voted Labour, but in this ward, the Labour councillor up for election is the new leader Bob Johnson. I think the Greens will have made inroads into Labour's majority here, they have been very proactive. However, I am likely to vote Labour this time, because I believe we will see more real community engagement under his watch than there ever was under Ms Dore. I'm prepared to be proved wrong, but if people really want to see changes in their community and the wider city, then they need to be involved.
  2. I've posted occasionally, but completely missed the change. I met some nice people in my early days here, there was a real social side to the forum. I spent time on the moderating team then as an admin, and I hope I was never patronising, or banned anyone without a seriously good reason!. Medusa, I always appreciated your support and guidance, and I hope the forum under its new ownership flourishes.
  3. https://www.sheffieldcitytrust.org/memberships/fitness i've realised this just leads to a phone no. 😐
  4. I've just seen this. So sorry to hear the news, sad for Medusa, Esme and other friends and family. I only met Mort a couple of times, but I respected her style as a Mod and Admin. RIP Mort
  5. Good health, keeping active mentally and physically, and a positive attitude are all pluses for ageing well. In my 70s, I've missed seeing family and friends in lockdown, I've also missed fitness sessions in the pool, and my shifts in a charity shop. I kept busy in the better weather in the garden. I'm gobsmacked that older people's housing is often advertised for over 55s! That's only a few years older than my children, and by nowadays standards middle aged.
  6. We normally go to family for Christmas, but like many on here we've decided to keep it simple this year, just the two of us. We all know that's what's happening, and our priorities are that everyone keeps safe and well if at all possible.
  7. Any prizes I win buy more bonds. I'd love to hold the maximum, amd the only way that could happen would be to have a really big win! insisting on giving bank details is not something a lot of older people would be familiar or comfortable with. Many still draw out their pensions every week at the post office.
  8. In the early 70s my husband lost his job. We had a young child and a baby on the way. He claimed unemployment benefit, fortunately for a relatively short time. It was pretty humiliating back then, they sent inspectors out to check on claimants. Out of the money we got, we had to budget and pay rent. AFAIK so did everyone else. I can see the point of direct payments for people with learning difficulties, but for everyone in rented property? That completely removes any personal responsibility for budgeting. I don't know at what point people felt they had a 'right' to housing as soon as they wanted it. Many of my generation lived with our families and contributed, or found lodgings until they could afford to live independently. I've always supported the Welfare State, I believe we need to spend a lot more on supported accommodation for people with mental health issues, and other disabilities. However, the first rule for the majority is to take responsibility for ourselves and our family. Isn't it?
  9. I remember him too. One of the good guys. Time is flying, I can't believe its 10 years either.
  10. Having both left school at 15, my husband and I realised by the 80s when our children were in their teens, that qualifications were becoming much more necessary to achieve any sort of career. Both our children have risen much higher than us in both qualifications and careers. A couple of posters have mentioned social mobility. This article points out that one in five people work at a lower level than their parents. Might the other four have done better? https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/nov/18/one-in-five-people-in-uk-in-lower-status-jobs-than-parents-study
  11. Wickersley and Bramley are ok, lived there for a few years before I came here. Handy for the motorway too.
  12. It was, and as a housing worker at the time of Tony Blair being PM, I remember there was some expectation that Right to Buy (RTB) would be withdrawn. Big discounts were too much of a vote catcher even from most staunch Labour supporters, so it wasn't. Scotland and Wales have both withdrawn it in recent years, but it is still available in England. Basset one mentions bungalows, the preferred dwellings of many older people who want to downsize. I worked for Rotherham housing dept, and they didn't sell off their bungalows, under a rule that said any housing meant for people with specific needs, such as people with disabilities, or even old age, did not have to be included in the RTB. Sheffield appeared to ignore that option, hence a lot of the bungalows here, especially in desirable areas, are lost to older people who want/need to rent at an affordable cost. That of course means fewer family houses become vacant.
  13. The Green Book. set in 60s America, a black jazz pianist hires an ex bouncer as his driver to concerts, around some of the southern states. A really good film, made me laugh, made me think. 9/10 for me.
  14. I was a repairs clerk for a local authority years ago, and the majority of complaints about mould turned out to be caused by the resident. If no other flat in a block nor the house next door has a mould problem, then it's probably condensation. It rarely occurs in summer, only takes open windows and warm air circulating to stop it. If people must dry clothes indoor, then they should be near a source of heat, and the room must be ventilated. Cooking veg on top of the stove with no ventilation - condensation. Leaving a bathroom unventilated after showers/baths - condensation. Of course landlords should look after the fabric of their buildings, but tenants have a duty of care too.
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