HAPPY XMAS FROM ARMED POLICE 

2016 has been an awful year for so many reasons. But today this was posted on FaceBook.

HAPPY XMAS

From Northumbria police

Our Firearms Support Unit (FSU) have been taking in the fantastic atmosphere of Newcastle’s Christmas market this morning.
It may be a bit chilly out and about but there have been a lot of smiley faces with there being just two more Fridays until Christmas!
Don’t be alarmed if you do see our armed officers, they are there purely for reassurance and to make people feel safe.
These patrols have begun following the announcement from the Home Office last year that armed patrols would be stepped up across the country.
Our FSU officers are just regular police at the end of the day and if you have any concerns make sure you go and have a chat.

FEEDING, CLOTHING HOMELESS BANNED IN HASTINGS AGAIN!!

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On 26th Aug, Chris Oliver, who is a founding of Love Kitchen, Hastings, was contacted by Hastings Council, who  two and a half months ago tried to shut down Love Kitchen. But backed down after a petition, protest, media and social media campaign.The council have now said if Love kitchen do not get a food operator licence, insurance etc. It will be shut down. Just as winter is coming!

On Sunday 28th June Love Kitchen Hastings, a group of Hastings residents, inspired by Love Activists London, to feed and clothe Homeless people, were told that their regular weekly stall in Hastings town centre must stop!

Chris Oliver, founding member of Love Kitchen has been in conversation with Hastings Council over the last few week. Chris said; ” At first they wanted to move us down into an alleyway where we “would not be seen” . I negotiated with them to use the upper circle outside Poundstretcher. Today they turned up and told us that if we continued we could face prosecution as we did not have a Street Trading Licence. They then said we would not receive one anyway. They said that we were also breaking food safety laws but have not explained exactly what is required. If we get shutdown then I fear that many regulars will not eat on Sunday. It has been referred to as Suicide Sunday which is why we come out this day.”

Love Kitchen, Hastings was set up by local people in February 2015, after being inspired by Love Activists, London, who over Christmas 2014 occupied a bank in the heart of the West-End of London, to shelter, feed and clothe Homeless people and highlight the growing issue of Homelessness.

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Love Activists
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Many people all over the UK have also  set up Love Kitchens.Brighton Love Kitchen is in the heart of the city and has not been stopped.

Love Kitchen member Zeeta Mcbrine
Said : ”  I am just shocked at the lack of compassion and support the council have given us. We are all human and need the same basic things to survive in this world. Hastings council have already let these people down by allowing the system to discard them onto the streets. The council have a duty of care and they have failed each and every one of the people whom come to us, it is now the communities chance to succeed where the council had failed.

There are many Love Kitchens around the UK that are fully supported by their local councils and I cannot see any reason other than ignorance as to why Hastings Council have taken this unfair and unwarranted decision to close us down and threaten us with prosecution. ”

Anton Burton on Hastings Council’s decision said: ”  As the organiser of the St Leonard’s street market on kings road I can assure you that you do not need a street trading consent to give away clothes as long as you are not charging, although you may be required to have public liability insurance, there are issues with food but nothing that cannot be easily worked towards.”

Hastings Council have so far failed to respond to questions or comment on the ban.

When asked why the action by Hastings Council to shut Love Kitchen down should matter to people, Chris Oliver said : ” It would be difficult to count everyone it has helped. The people that come up to the table have welcomed the support and some cases come up for the chance to be treated like a human for once. Just being spoken to and listened to as normal person is something that many miss out on.”

Please support Love Kitchen, Hastings and help change Hastings Council mind.

Please share and sign the petition

https://www.change.org/p/hastings-council-allow-love-kitchen-hastings-to-have-a-regular-stall-in-hastings-town-centre-to-feed-and-clothe-homeless-people

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FEEDING, CLOTHING HOMELESS BANNED IN HASTINGS AGAIN!!

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❤UPDATED❤

On 26th Aug, Chris Oliver, who is a founding of Love Kitchen, Hastings, was contacted by Hastings Council, who  two and a half months ago tried to shut down Love Kitchen. But backed down after a petition, protest, media and social media campaign.The council have now said if Love kitchen do not get a food operator licence, insurance etc. It will be shut down. Just as winter is coming!

On Sunday 28th June Love Kitchen Hastings, a group of Hastings residents, inspired by Love Activists London, to feed and clothe Homeless people, were told that their regular weekly stall in Hastings town centre must stop!

Chris Oliver, founding member of Love Kitchen has been in conversation with Hastings Council over the last few week. Chris said; ” At first they wanted to move us down into an alleyway where we “would not be seen” . I negotiated with them to use the upper circle outside Poundstretcher. Today they turned up and told us that if we continued we could face prosecution as we did not have a Street Trading Licence. They then said we would not receive one anyway. They said that we were also breaking food safety laws but have not explained exactly what is required. If we get shutdown then I fear that many regulars will not eat on Sunday. It has been referred to as Suicide Sunday which is why we come out this day.”

Love Kitchen, Hastings was set up by local people in February 2015, after being inspired by Love Activists, London, who over Christmas 2014 occupied a bank in the heart of the West-End of London, to shelter, feed and clothe Homeless people and highlight the growing issue of Homelessness.

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Love Activists
London

Many people all over the UK have also  set up Love Kitchens.Brighton Love Kitchen is in the heart of the city and has not been stopped.

Love Kitchen member Zeeta Mcbrine
Said : ”  I am just shocked at the lack of compassion and support the council have given us. We are all human and need the same basic things to survive in this world. Hastings council have already let these people down by allowing the system to discard them onto the streets. The council have a duty of care and they have failed each and every one of the people whom come to us, it is now the communities chance to succeed where the council had failed.

There are many Love Kitchens around the UK that are fully supported by their local councils and I cannot see any reason other than ignorance as to why Hastings Council have taken this unfair and unwarranted decision to close us down and threaten us with prosecution. ”

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Anton Burton on Hastings Council’s decision said: ”  As the organiser of the St Leonard’s street market on kings road I can assure you that you do not need a street trading consent to give away clothes as long as you are not charging, although you may be required to have public liability insurance, there are issues with food but nothing that cannot be easily worked towards.”

Hastings Council have so far failed to respond to questions or comment on the ban.

When asked why the action by Hastings Council to shut Love Kitchen down should matter to people, Chris Oliver said : ” It would be difficult to count everyone it has helped. The people that come up to the table have welcomed the support and some cases come up for the chance to be treated like a human for once. Just being spoken to and listened to as normal person is something that many miss out on.”

Please support Love Kitchen, Hastings and help change Hastings Council mind.

Please share and sign the petition

https://www.change.org/p/hastings-council-allow-love-kitchen-hastings-to-have-a-regular-stall-in-hastings-town-centre-to-feed-and-clothe-homeless-people

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NICK CLEGG LAUNCHES ELECTION POSTER

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BREAKING NEWS…
NICK CLEGG LAUNCHES POSTER FOR ELECTION MANIFESTO

NICK SAID: “PEOPLE ARE FED UP WITH THE POLITICAL CLASS SAYING ONE THING AND DOING ANOTHER.

I AM THE BEST AT DOING THAT.
NO MORE BROKEN PROMISES.

SO I SAY TO EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD OF GREAT BRITAIN, DO THE RIGHT THING.

USE YOUR HEART AND BRAIN.
IF YOU SEE OUR MANIFESTO, JUST PICK IT UP AND PUT IT IN THE RECYCLE BIN.”

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CAMERON’S SOCIAL HOUSING SELL OFF GOES DOWN LIKE A LEAD BALLOON

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Today people across the UK are Marching for the homeless http://http://streetskitchen.co.uk/?p=1828

So will the Conservatives manifesto announcement to allow housing association tenants to have the ‘right-to -buy’ help with the lack of social housing in the UK?
With 1.8 million people on the social housing waiting list and 93,000 children living in temporary accommodation.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE REACTION TO THE GREAT SOCIAL HOUSING SELL OFF?

HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS:

Ruth Davison, the National housing Federation’s policy director, said: “We fully support the aspiration of homeownership but extending right-to-buy to housing associations is the wrong solution to our housing crisis.

“Following 40 years of successive governments’ failure to build the homes the country needs, soaring rents and house prices and the biggest baby boom since the 1950s, ensuring that there enough homes today and tomorrow must be our nation’s top priority.”

Tony Stacey, chair of a group of 100 housing associations and chief executive of South Yorkshire Housing Association, told trade publication Inside Housing that: ” We would definitely challenge it legally. This is so fundamentally critical to us. It would shoot up to the top of our risk map if it was confirmed. We are duty bound morally to fight it in any way we possibly can.”

CHARITIES:

Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis said: ” The proposed extension of Right to Buy is also deeply worrying since it will mean a further decline in our already dwindling supply of affordable housing. This is not the way to tackle the housing crisis: we need more affordable housing not less.” 

BIG BUSINESS:

Chartered Institute of Housing deputy chief executive Gavin Smart said he feared “the figures simply won’t stack up” for the extension.

“Right-to-buy has already had a huge impact on the supply of genuinely affordable homes, which is being cut at a time when more and more people are in need. The next government should be reviewing the way the policy currently works, not extending it,” he

The blue chip Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) property firm warned that the Tory plan would not address the chronic shortage of housing.

Adam Challis, head of residential research at the Chicago-based JLL,  said: “The expansion of right to buy may be good politics, but represents terrible policy. This is exactly the kind of short-termist thinking that the country’s 4.7m households in social housing don’t need, not to mention the same number again of aspiring owners in private renting.”

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DESPERATE ‘DAVE’ TO SELL OFF SOCIAL HOUSING

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David Cameron will today announce at The Conservative manifesto launch that the ‘Right to buy’ scheme will be extended to 1.3 million families living in housing association property, at a substantial discount.

Tenants who buy their houses will be eligible for a 35% discount on the market value, increasing by 1% for every extra year they have been a tenant, while those in flats will get a 50% discount which goes up 2% every year they have been a tenant.

The CONservatives are trying to recreate Maggie Thatcher’s right to buy scheme for council tenants introduced in 1980. Which has lead to over 1.5 million council houses in the UK being sold in this manner. Half of the proceeds of the sale were paid to the local authorities, but they were restricted to spending the money to reduce their debt, rather than being able to spend it on building new homes. The effect was to reduce the council housing stock in the UK. Critics also claim that it compounded a housing shortage for those on low income, initiated a national house price bubble, allowed speculating investors to be able to buy up council properties through deferred transaction agreements and led to the displacement and social cleansing of traditional communities.

*Over 17% of the UK households live in social housing.

* Over 45% of the country’s social housing stock is now owned by housing associations.

* Over 1.8 million people are on the social housing waiting list

* 93,000 children are living in temporary accommodation.

* 2013/14 Saw the lowest number of social houses built since the Second World War.

* 5 million people claim housing benefit in the UK, the cost has risen by £650m a year since 2010.

* 87,500 households were accepted as being homeless by their Local authority in 2012/13.

The Conservatives plan could see the end of social housing in some parts of the UK, as housing associations will stop building new homes in desirable areas because of the fear the houses will be brought by tenants who want to make a fast buck and end up with the property going to the private sector. The other part of Cameron’s plan is to force councils to sell their most valuable 210,000 properties from their remaining housing stock.

David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, has previously warned against the idea of selling off social housing. He said: “It could effectively cleanse many towns of hard-working people who simply can’t afford the high prices of buying or renting privately.”

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