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The compromise of private renting – one renter's perspective

By Rebecca Dillon / July 27, 2015

There has been much talk recently about ‘Generation Rent,’ those of us deemed to be stuck in the private rental market. A new report by PWC* tells us that 25% of all households will be privately rented by 2025. And that the majority of renters will be aged between 20 to 39. I see no…

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Divide and rule?

By Rebecca Dillon / July 7, 2015

‘Housing solutions to social injustice’ is the strap line of Commonweal Housing – seeing housing as part of the solution to help people address other issues in their lives. Ahead of the budget and forthcoming Housing Bill we are hearing all sorts of leaked plans that will directly and indirectly impact on the UK housing…

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To vote or not to vote, that, is the question…

By Rebecca Dillon / May 6, 2015

Which party will I vote for in this year’s general election?  I have been asked this question numerous times in the last few months. As a woman I’m also often reminded by other women that people died for our right to vote. So I’m sure you can imagine people’s reaction in the past when I’ve…

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Housing Benefit – who really benefits?

By Rebecca Dillon / April 22, 2015

This week has seen yet another TV exposé on rogue landlords, this time by BBC Panorama “The Great Housing Benefit Scandal” aired on 20 April.  Whilst, as in all good exposé investigative journalism, extremes have been shown, there can be no question however that the landlords shown in this film are providing very poor quality…

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Social Housing – a national treasure or just the family silver?

By Rebecca Dillon / March 30, 2015

Standing up for the NHS As we start this General Election campaign the National Health Service, our beloved NHS, will be a regular feature in news stories and policy announcements, campaign leaflets and party sound bites.  Who will protect it most……who is it greatest supporter……..who wishes to do away with it?  No doubt the truth…

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