COST OF DEMOLISHING CENTRAL HILL ESTATE AND REBUILDING IT IS DOUBLE WHAT IT WOULD COST TO REFURBISH – AND BUILD 242 ‘INFILL’ HOMES AT THE SAME TIME Architects group’s shock report

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Refurbishing Central Hill estate, Crystal Palace and building 242 infill homes there will cost £77.5 million say Architects for Social Housing.

But demolishing the whole estate will cost Lambeth council an estimated £157 million – and that’s before a single new home is built.

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The figures were unveiled at ASH’s launch of their new book-length report about Central Hill held on Cotton Gardens estate next to Knights Walk – another of the six estates across the borough which Lambeth have targeted for demolition.

ASH’s Simon Elmer told an audience of journalists, architects and others on Thursday evening Central Hill estate currently has 476 homes. “We can add 242.

“By selling or preferably renting on the private market we can regenerate the funds to refurbish the existing homes that have been neglected for many years.”
 
And he emphasised: “The real housing need is for sub-market rent. “That’s where the real…

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The government’s eugenic policy is forcing some women to abort wanted pregnancies

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The prejudice and stereotypes that fuelled eugenic thinking during the last century. In the UK, the Conservatives’ policies reflect this regressive and authoritarian approach to a class-based ‘population control’. 

In 2015 I wrote an article that expressed my grave concerns about the Conservatives’ welfare cuts. I discussed the Conservatives’ announced plans to cut welfare payments for larger families, in what amounts to a two-child policy. Welfare rules with such a clearly defined eugenic basis, purposefully aimed at reducing the family size of some social groups – in this case the poorest citizens – rarely come without serious repercussions.

Iain Duncan Smith said in 2014 that limiting child benefit to the first two children in a family is “well worth considering” and “could save a significant amount of money.” The idea was being examined by the Conservatives, despite previously being vetoed by Downing Street because of fears…

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Amnesty International express grave concerns about UK government’s outsourced ‘back to work therapy’

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Related imageTHE BRIGHTON AND HOVE AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL GROUP NEWSLETTER.

January / February 2018. Page 4:

Mental Health and “Return to Work”

It’s not just the introduction of Universal Credit which is affecting the Human Rights of too many citizens of the UK. As part of the drive to force physically disabled people into work under the “Work and Health Programme” often via cursory “interviews” those facing mental health issues are being targeted as well.

Image result for equality is the best therapyThis is based on an article by Kitty S Jones. 

In 2016 she wrote: “Last April, more than 400 psychologists, counsellors and academics signed an open letter condemning the profoundly disturbing psychological implications of the government’s austerity and welfare reform measures. The group of professionals said that over the past five years the types of issues causing clients distress had shifted dramatically and now include increasing inequality, outright poverty and that people needing support because of structural problems, such as benefits…

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WASPI EXPLOSIVE: Cheated pensioner exposes 2004 leaflet CONFIRMING 2020 as year when female SPA to rise

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Footslogging through the data still has an important role to play in holding slippery public officials and hypocritical apologists to account. Yorkshire artist Aileen Barnard yesterday tweeted in relation to the page capture above. It is from 2004, and shows, in the Government’s Quick Guide to Pensions, the following firmly predictive pledge in plain English:

‘IN 2020 WHEN THE STATE PENSION AGE FOR WOMEN IS RAISED FROM 60 TO 65’

It is important to deconstruct this sentence in full, to ensure that no ‘spin’ is attempted in suggesting that the meaning of it is in some way open to more than one interpretation.

It is not. It does not say ‘By 2020  the SPA will have risen‘.  It says ‘In’. There’s no ‘if’, only a ‘when’. It says ‘In 2020 from 60 to 65′.

The ramifications of this are enormous:

  1. It shows that fully nine years after 1950s…

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They didn’t want us to Know! 50’s Women and their pensions…..

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They didn’t want us to Know! 50’s Women and their pensions…..

We hear on a regular basis that it was up to us women to find out for ourselves if our pension age had changed, I can’t help but wonder why. I ask of them Why would any of us question a law that had been passed in 1948 that women retired at 60? We would have no reason to question it, except governments, both Labour and conservatives have kept very quiet about this change in the law, it was sneaky, is was misleading and in my view was hushed up.

So, we began our working lives paying into a system we trusted, now need to question that either, the National Insurance Scheme was there for all of us, young and old, we all paid into this insurance and some of us have needed to take some out when they…

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Vid: All the abuse, Corbyn kept cool. Tories scoff at vulnerable, this happens

The SKWAWKBOX

Yesterday, the SKWAWKBOX shared a video of Jeremy Corbyn’s angry reaction when Tories tried to disrupt his response to Hapless Hammond’s Budget. But Corbyn was not angry at being interrupted – he was livid at the Tories’ callous dismissiveness toward vulnerable people.

That video went viral, with an avalanche of comments from supporters welcoming Corbyn’s fire.

But Facebook user Lell Gee made a comment that shed a bright light on the significance of Corbyn’s reaction:

geeCorbyn faced lies, slurs, insults, mockery of his clothes and worse from the Tory benches. From right-wing Labour MPs not fit to represent their members, he faced lies, disloyalty, smears, briefing, undermining and an attempt to crush him.

And he didn’t lose his temper once – or even appear close.

But when Tories sneer and dismiss the vulnerable, the put-upon and those discarded by this consciously-cruel government? Then this ensues:

This is…

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Grandma’s heartrending letter on daughter’s ‘DWP’ death. Can you help?

Words fail me…

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Elaine Morrall.pngRuncorn woman Linda Morrall has published a letter she has sent to councillors at her local Halton Council about her daughter, Elaine.

Elaine died late last week in desperately bleak circumstances inflicted by the callous DWP’s (Dept of Work and Pensions) ‘consciously cruel’ sanctions regime. Warning, it is heart-breaking reading:

morrallWhile most of Elaine’s circumstances were directly caused by government policies, Linda’s comments about ‘uncaring housing’ taking her to court also raise questions about council and/or social housing organisations policies and practices – and the letter certainly raises the issue of whether councils could do more to protect their residents from the effects of government policies, or if not, should be doing more to highlight those effects and their own helplessness to prevent them.

Ms Morrall is now believed to be faced with the responsibility of caring for Elaine’s children in such trying circumstances. A concerned local woman has set…

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