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Ms Macbeth

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  1. That's good to know Mort. I pop in occasionally, glad I spotted this.
  2. 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.
  3. True, but now doctors and nurses pay for their degrees. Changing times.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. Have you approached the council re the threat of homelessness? I'm assuming you are registered with them. It could also be worth checking if there are any housing associations who take direct applications. You might also want to contact Shelter if you don't find something soon.
  8. I agree. I'm well over state pension age, and I count myself lucky in comparison to previous generations in retirement. If he is of state pension age, which he well may be, he shouldn't need to beg if he's getting his entitlements. The Archer project offers so much help. However, if as Catmiss says, he's resistant to help, then its his choice to brave the elements.
  9. Not sure its the same man. The chap who has been outside BHF recently looks over retirement age.
  10. That's what I assumed. He's very well prepared. He's moved to the side of the BHF shop now. I was also told he's not homeless. As catmiss says, he'd be classed as vulnerable if he is genuinely homeless, because of his age. Just round the corner is the advice centre in Proctor Place. I'm sure they could give him advice about claiming benefits he's entitled to, so he wouldn't have to sit out in the cold all day.
  11. Libraries are still valuable. We're lucky in Hillsborough, we still have a staffed library. Its rarely busy, but the computers are often in use when I visit, usually once a week. I grew up with libraries and my grandchildren have memberships where they live. Its interesting that some community libraries are thriving, and seem to provide a great service, whilst others are failing. Perhaps the formula for success can be shared with the failing groups? i can't sign the petition, I'm realistic enough to understand that other options are available, ie ebooks, and the council does not have endless resources.
  12. If pass holders of any type got priority when getting on buses, it might speed up the process. Always being last to get on might encourage more passengers to get passes, smart card or otherwise. 😉 It would also give passengers who like to wait til the bus comes before soeting out their money time to have it ready when they get on instead of holding up the queue. 🙄
  13. True. I was on the SL to Middlewood yesterday, then had to walk to Hillsborough as there were no trams.
  14. Disadvantaging the residents of Hillsborough yet again. 🤥
  15. Northern Customer Service is pretty poor. In November, travelling home from my son's on a Sunday, the unmanned station noticeboard showed my train cancelled. The next one, an hour later was also cancelled. That meant I couldn't get my connection from Stockport to Sheffield. Fortunately, I was able to contact my son to pick me up, and stayed another night. Obviously I had to buy new tickets the following day, and as they weren't pre-booked, they were more expensive. I filled in the claim form on 13 November. Northern sent me a letter on 6th January, with a couple of vouchers for £6, and a 'complimentary' return voucher. I don't know where I can travel on the return voucher, it wasn't in the envelope! Emailed them back on Jan 13th, ringing is a waste of time, not heard back yet.
  16. The Modern Committee System that has been proposed could involve people with expertise in areas such as homelessness, as well as community groups (as mentioned above) along with councillors. Of course, the final outcome would still be down to the majority party. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-49798209
  17. Diet and exercise don't work for people with the inherited condition in the link below. It runs in my husband's family. Early death, early heart attacks, including his at 49. Because one of his brothers died in his forties and the other (a keen sportsman) had an attack in his early forties, my husband was eating a diet of mainly fish, vegetables and oatmeal, and had cut out nearly all saturated fats. He was very slim, but none of that helped. He's been on statins for about 25 years now. However, he has had side effects, and our GP has changed the specific type more than once. He's now on one that seems to cause fewer side effects. I'd be very wary about telling anyone to come off them. https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/medical/familial-hypercholesterolaemia
  18. The Star has announced some front runners for the leadership. I only know one of them, Bob Johnson, he regularly turns up to Hillsborough Area Forum meetings, and he comes across as a moderniser with a decent brain. We'll just have to wait and see.
  19. Zero hours suit some people. Perhaps a person whose partner earns a reasonable income but they still want a few hours. Students? Early retired? However, I agree that those types of contracts must make coming off benefits worrying.
  20. No idea, but City of Sanctuary started in Sheffield in 2005 when Jan Wilson was leader, long before Julie Dore's spell in office. Although Sheffield was first, it is now part of a huge network across the UK. Most of the money comes from various charities, and grants from local authorities will be a small part. Much of the support is from volunteers. Putting in a Freedom of Information request to the council could give you the information you want.
  21. I agree re bus drivers. Most I've come across are helpful, and I think the job has become more difficult, not just because of the attitude of some passengers, but also other drivers. There's a bus stop on Dykes Hall that often has a car parked on it, just one example.
  22. I've not seen anything to suggest its a charity shop.
  23. I'm in my 70s now, and can see myself relying on the dwindling, unreliable bus services more as I become less fit. We are an aging society, isolation and loneliness is a big issue for older people, being able to get out is so important for our mental and physical welfare. Very sad for the lady you helped, she will be fearful of going out as often if she worries about being able to get back home. The S6 service was a godsend, sadly missed.
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