Tagged: North Star

North Star Bulletin : 07 July 2015

North Star Bulletin

Today’s posts round-up

As I’m moving operations over to the North Star forum, I shall from now on (excepting special circumstances) be posting a summary of daily posts with links instead of the posts themselves on this blog.

Readers can choose which ones, if any, they want to view, and it saves me time and extra work.

You can still repost stuff on your blog if desired, you’ll just have to cut & paste it. A link back to the forum would be nice.

You can also comment on most posts on the forum as a visitor. To start threads you need to sign up.

Terminally ill asked how long they will take to die by PIP assessors

How Muslim community has been demonised in the North East

Britain has become a less free, less private state since 7/7

Newcastle Muslims invite West End community to Iftar feast

NE councils brace themselves for ‘worst case scenario’

North Yorkshire to be run by volunteers

NE household income £17,000 below London

Durham Miners Gala, 11 July 2015

 

Advertisements

North Star Bulletin 05 July 2015

Today’s posts round-up –

As I’m moving operations over to the North Star forum, I shall from now on (excepting special circumstances) be posting a summary of daily posts with links instead of the posts themselves on this blog.

Readers can choose which ones, if any, they want to view, and it saves me time and extra work.

You can still repost stuff on your blog if desired, you’ll just have to cut & paste it. A link back to the forum would be nice.

You can also comment on most posts on the forum as a visitor. To start threads you need to sign up.

Mexican Demons attacked in covert operation

Higher Earners To Lose Thousands In Social Housing Subsidy

North East UKIP official who shared racist Facebook posts will keep his job

New homes for social rent falls to an all-time low in NE

North East can’t afford to pay council tax

Anti-Fascist Demo, Stockton, Sat 4th July

bannerfans_15660331

Benefits For Young People Should Be Repayable Loans… Say Tory MPs

An influential group of Tory MPs have called for young person’s unemployment benefits to be turned into repayable loans, it has been reported.

It’s claimed that the move would provide young people with “an additional incentive to find work rather than allow the debt to build up”.

The suggestion is included in a book by the right-wing Conservative MP, Kwasi Kwarteng.

Mr Kwarteng and junior Tory MPs call for the shrinking of the welfare state and a return to a contributory benefits system – the more you pay in the more you get out.

The book – ‘A Time For Choosing: Free Enterprise in Twenty-First Century Britain’ – says:

Young individuals who have not yet paid national insurance contributions for a certain period, five years say, could receive their unemployment benefit in the form of a repayable loan.

“Turning an entitlement into a loan would mean that people would still be supported while out of work, but would have an additional incentive to find work rather than allow the debt to build up.”

Full story : http://northstar.boards.net/thread/87/benefits-young-people-repayable-loans

NORTH STAR FORUM

bannerfans_15660331

North Star forum is now live – http://northstar.boards.net/

This will hopefully continue the work of this blog in a more interactive way.

This blog continues for the moment, but may be phased out eventually.

Anyone registering as a forum member has to have their application approved (a measure to help weed out spammers before they start trying to sell us counterfeit handbgs, etc).

Approval time may vary, because it depends on me being online – in some cases it could be almost instantaneous, at others it may be a few hours.

Once approved, you should get an email with a link – you need to click that link to complete your registration.

The forum itself is pretty much self-explanatory, so I’ll let you look for yourself rather than list categories here.

Nothing is set in stone, though. Some categories may not prove to be of interest and will eventually be removed, while new category suggestions are welcome.

Well, hopefully this experiment will prove worthwhile. It’s not cost anything, except some of my time, and I’ve got quite a lot of that to spare at the moment.

Hope you enjoy it.

bannerfans_15660331

Berwick : Relay highlights lack of affordable housing

A team from Four Housing took the lead leg in a mammoth 500 mile, people powered ‘relay’ aiming to end the UK’s housing crisis within a generation.

They joined housing associations from across the region taking part in the Homes for Britain ‘Relay to the Rally’ which set off from Berwick on Sunday.

Four Housing chief executive Paul Tanney said:

“There is insufficient housing in the area and what is available is often unaffordable. We are seeing an increase in the disparity between the needs of communities and the supply of appropriate housing.

“We need the right type of accommodation in the right place in order to lessen the burden on local authorities in the future, all of which will enable us to contribute to vibrant and active communities.”

The relay is due to finish at Westminster in London in time for the national Homes for Britain rally on March 17.

In the north east, Four Housing, Bernicia, Isos, Cestria, Home Group, Gentoo, Livin, North Star, Thirteen and Coast and Country are carrying a symbolic key from Berwick to Whitby, shining a spotlight on housing issues in the region, and visiting some of the key projects bringing homes and related services to people desperately in need of affordable housing.

At the same time as the north east relay is working its way south, a specially commissioned double decker bus is also winding its way from Land’s End to London, visiting some of the south and south west’s most vital housing projects.

Homes for Britain is campaigning for the next government to come up with a long-term plan to tackle the housing crisis within a year of getting into office. It is being backed by thousands of people up and down the country who have joined forces with organisations from every corner of the housing world.

Across the UK, housing association staff, residents and members of the public are making their way to London for the biggest housing rally in a generation. They will unite to call on all political parties to take bold action and end the housing crisis within a generation.

Homes for Britain’s call comes at a time when housing demand vastly outstrip supply at both a national and local level.

The Home Truths report shows that over the next 20 years in the north east region alone, there will be 156,000 new families or households, all of whom will need homes, but at current building rates, 75,000 will have nowhere to live.

Meanwhile, some areas are in desperate need of regeneration and jobs, and having the right types of homes in the right places can play a vital role in sparking new life into these communities.

The Homes for Britain campaign needs people to add their voice – anyone wanting to get involved can write to their local politicians and share the message on social media using #HomesForBritain.

Source – Berwick Advertiser, 04 Mar 2015