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Ms Macbeth

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    Baby boomer

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

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  1. 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worker at the time of Tony Blair being PM, I remember there was some expectation that Right to Buy (RTB) would be withdrawn.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were too much of a vote catcher even from most staunch Labour supporters, so it wasn't. Scotland and Wales have both withdrawn it in recent years, but it is still available in England.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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Steep, narrow streets in my part of Hillsborough, cars parked both sides, but the idiots still hurtle down them. Dykes Hall Road, and around Wynyard, Garry, Dorothy etcp. When I learnt to drive I was taught to drive according to conditions, even 30mph isn't mandatory, its maximum. 🙄
  5. That sounds like 'buck passing' to me too. I hope the bank take responsibility and sort it out for you chocki.
  6. Horrific for those who died, were injured, or witnessed it. I don't know what fuels terrorism towards our country that appears to at least have offered sanctuary from war. If this isn't the right place for someone's mindset, then they should either not come here, or come and accept British society, but don't stay and kill innocent people.
  7. Poor lady. I'm pleased she's getting lots of support, and I hope the police find the people who did this. Then I hope an example is made of them by the courts.
  8. That's good to know Mort. I pop in occasionally, glad I spotted this.
  9. Sorry, thats too simplistic. Families often survive because they are not enclosed together 24/7. Statistics around divorce and domestic violence over Christmas holidays bear that out.
  10. True, but now doctors and nurses pay for their degrees. Changing times.
  11. Why would that happen? We all pay for the great system that is the NHS. If some people buy services privately, and therefore don't use the NHS, that strikes me as beneficial to the rest of us.
  12. He doesn't have a sign saying he's homeless, he may have somewhere to sleep, but no money. Not all beggars are technically homeless, there are so many reasons why he may be sitting outside, in the cold, every day.
  13. Excellent. Shelter can support you if you need them. You can get an idea of your rights on their website. https://england.shelter.org.uk/get_help/local_services/sheffield
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