Student rent can be unfair

Students who live with parents, who own their home and merely pay rates do not get a change to rent or rate demands of the parents by local authorities.

But

if a student lives with parents who themselves are entitled to rent reductions get a huge change in their rent demands once they start going to university, even if they decide to remain in the parental home, in which they may have only one small room and share the home with others who may not have to pay any rent. In some cases students have to share their room at home with another sibling.

This pushes students out into student accommodation, which may be more expensive than a whole flat on social housing.

For example a 4-bedroom council flat in Tower Hamlets can cost £160 rent per week but a student accommodation of just one room can cost £200 per week.

Yet, if a student only occupies a small room in a flat with others, who do not have to pay rent, why should that student then be liable for the whole rent on the dwelling, also occupied by others.

University students do not get exemption from paying rent, regardless of where they live, if rent is due to be paid on a dwelling.

Hence students who can remain at home with home owning parents have less problems, which is quite unfair.

We cannot assume that all students move out from home once they go to university. They may be able to attend a local uni and remain at home.

It would lessen the demand for housing if students could remain at the parental home whilst at uni.

I think where students to remain in the parental home, they should also get a reduction in rent because they only occupy part of a flat, that is otherwise shared with other people who do not have to pay rent at the full rate.

It is hard to understand but explains why so many poorer children find it completely unfair to having to pay the whole rent on a flat once they go to uni. This problem is not unique to the UK as I learned on Yahoo today.

Source Yahoo

football fairness

I can’t understand why UEFA doesn’t act immediately.

If the goal keeper had a laser pen shone into his eyes then that should bring an immediate decision about the validity of the goal.

If there was a problem with other discipline issues, they should have stopped the game and thrown the people causing the problems out of the stadium, would have delayed the game but increased fairness. source: The Guardian

What is most important to the players and the people, is the fairness of the game. Like this the win is being belittled and made bad.

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human size

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Quite interesting to read today that the size of humans depends on the weather, the climate and temperature. Humans are larger the colder the climate is and earth warming may lead to a smaller species.

Obviously it would be harder to maintain lifestyle, the hotter it is. If we were smaller, we would need less food, less fabric for clothes.

This is how nature responds to the extraordinary demand on earthly resources that not only increases in populations but also bigger people cause.

What I find astonishing that previously we had been told humans got bigger because of better food quality and health provision and not temperature.

Every day is an amazing day on this world, we always learn something new. Source: Microsoft News

Trees, trees, fires

Just saw this very sad story about the heatwave in Canada, Canada a very tree-rich and normally cold country. There are other countries, with not as many trees but where there were trees, like in Australia, in heatwaves, the trees start to burn and cause a lot of damage.

Yes, trees are good, but they are only good if they don’t catch fire.

Whilst we have this big tree-planting craze in Britain, we are also looking into the face of earth warming, heatwaves and potentially hither fire risk from earth warming.

But the more trees we plant, the more trees can also catch fire. Especially those trees in cities are potential fire traps if it comes to combustibility.

From California to Australia, bushfires are the great danger and many houses burn down in such natural disasters. We are staring the next heatwave into the face and greater danger from fires from trees is imminent.

I just wonder whether those who advocate planting more trees in towns have thought about the dangers.

Just the dangers from Grenfell are definitely there in high-rise buildings who have trees planted into each balcony, because if one of those trees catches fire and it is hot and dry, all the other trees around the building will also catch fire.

Really, people just don’t think.

Why is cladding seen to be so dangerous when trees, which in a dry state are like cinder are considered good? I apologise for using a Grenfell fire picture but I need to bring across the message how dangerous people’s unrealistic thinking is.

A wildfire has burned 90% of Lytton, British Columbia – the village that recorded Canada’s highest ever temperature of 49.6C (121.3F).Lytton’s mayor earlier ordered people to evacuate, saying flames had spread through the village in just 15 minutes. Source BBC

Those town planners who now want to increase the number of trees in London significantly because they think that temperatures stay the same do not take into consideration into what would happen if temperatures heat up.

Looking at the image, which I took from a post on Facebook it seems unlikely that any solution to this is easy. Modern approaches include reducing traffic, planting more trees.

That is a most simplified solution. Reducing traffic will also reduce the economic infrastructure, jobs and culture. More trees, will increase flammability of areas as in hot climates, trees catch fire really easy.

Whilst we now get a lot of people racing to plant more trees, flowers and everything green, hot weather will simply burn the lot.

The picture above shows that we in Britain are in a cool corridor but how long for? Those who want to make us believe that putting more beehives in our towns will solve the worldwide climate crises are selling a dream. We do need fertilising methods but we need those worldwide not just in our cities.

Carbon capture seems the most appropriate way forward and removing it on an industrial scale from our atmosphere alongside carbon emission reductions world wide by changing fuel types. Reducing traffic is not a solution that helps productivity.

Looking at ideas of Carbon removal, they all seem to be based on the idea that our temperatures allow for it, but they are likely to get hotter.

This was published in 2019 and is by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, published by Science Daily, doesn’t rely on trees or nature but is a technical solution, which can be applied in any weather. I think that is the best way forward.

“The technique, based on passing air through a stack of charged electrochemical plates, is described in a new paper in the journal Energy and Environmental Science, by MIT postdoc Sahag Voskian, who developed the work during his PhD, and T. Alan Hatton, the Ralph Landau Professor of Chemical Engineering.”

Dentist shortage

I think the demand on dentists has risen considerably with the higher use of social media. There are much more pictures taken, published, shown and those pictures must have perfect teeth.

Hence, dentists are one of the most needed professions today.

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You simply can’t show your face without good teeth and those who can pay the most to get the teeth fixed get the fastest service.

Whilst those wanting NHS services won’t be able to find a dentist easily because dentists find it much easier to make money selling their services.

The perfect smile has become one of the biggest selling points of the cosmetic industry, of which dentistry has become the latest gravy train.

See the protruding tooth on one side, that is a NHS denture that is slanted to one side and affects my facial expression.

Looking at my own pictures with my old denture, I wondered why it is that so many people with NHS dentures seem to have imperfect dentures whilst the paid for ones always look better. I was told that NHS services cannot access the full variety of tools required to make dentures perfect.

Of course that greatly disadvantages NHS dentist users from getting well paid jobs because I reckon you won’t even get an extras job as actor unless your teeth are perfect. And who is paying for it?

I am now waiting since a year to get a new denture and have to attend fortnightly fittings to just get a new denture. It takes a long time.

Not much progress – dealing with stereo types

Just wondering how little progress actually gets made because those making decisions are not qualified to make them. The new CIO constitutional frame work allows for great strides for charitable organisations, the way they can be set up and governed. But, as it is. charities often rely on volunteers, the volunteers are not qualified and set in their ways and so nothing can happen because decisions need to be made by those volunteers and can only be made on the basis of the knowledge that each person has.
Charities can actually charge for membership and they should use that to make companies pay towards regular running costs as to achieve more.

The same with crime reporting. If there were more anonymous crime reporting local facilities all over Britain, we could crack the hold that criminals have on whole swathes of our society.
Yet, nothing of the sort happens very fast.

What I also realised that its often always the same people.
We often remarked it on the local voluntary sector level, that it’s always the same people who show up to meetings and engage with organisations. Now it seems it’s also always the same actors, we see in films. I have no qualm with the ones we do see, they are all brilliant actors and seem jolly nice people but for a whole country, to always only show the same actors over and over, seems strange as if there are not enough people to go round to give more than a few people a job.
Human progress is not as flexible as I thought. Many people are set in their ways and not able to adjust to new situations quickly. Yet they hold all the strings.
Was just thinking that Thüring only got accepted because his skills were badly needed during war times. His personal choices were not appreciated widely it at the time.
Don’t we just love to create heroes and condemn them whilst they are alive and then praise them once they are dead.

I just hope that people don’t’ think that all those who strive to achieve change today but run against a wall don’t take it personal. We can only achieve what we are allowed to achieve and otherwise just have to go along with what is there and available.
Just when I had this court case. It went on over three years and now we see small amounts of progress being made in controlling hate speech at least on the Internet, whilst before this wasn’t even possible.

On the opposite site of the spectrum, we see those former heroes, who were embellished with statues, now being villains. Those former heroes achieved their fame by repressing others, mostly slaves. 

What we all really need is a little respect, to say it in the words of that famous Aretha Franklyn song. 

concerning crime trends

I am quite amazed that the police only advertises Crimestoppers for Anonymous crime reporting instead of seeking more service provision from localised providers.

It’s a bit like having only one hospital for all the sick in Britain. Britain has a population of over 64 Million, yet only one anonymous crime reporting service among constant complaints by the police that there is concerning under-reporting for crimes.

Neighbourhood Watch is notoriously under-developed and growing Neighbourhood Watch groups would increase conscience and ability to repel crime, especially the scams and App led type.

Whilst I already often moaned about the normalisation of crime in some BBC programs like East Enders and now Time, I definitely miss an effort by the police themselves to help grow an army of local reporting networks.

Just imagine, that if only 1 % of the population wanted to report crime anonymously, the one service in Britain could never cope.

What we need is that every Neighbourhood Watch Association provides local crime reporting services for those who do want to provide information without getting involved.

In Tower Hamlets, we are leading the way.

Yes and No Ronaldo

It’s just a symptom of today’s reliance on icons, that every gesture is taken as total truth. Ronaldo’s pushing away of coke bottles, has supposedly wiped billions of the coca cola value, reports Microsoft News.

Of course for constantly upping your fluid levels, water should be the main source of liquid. However when it comes to protecting the body from germs, Coke can help.

Especially when you are exposed to elements and unknown germs, like in Open Water swimming for example, it is a known cure for unwanted ailments to have a bottle or can of coke afterwards.

Football pitches are very clean these days. Ronaldo probably can’t remember the times when footballers had to wade and sometimes slide through muddy pitches. In those days, Coke could have been a lifesaver.

Airlines on the forefront of freedom fighting

I am really glad that Ryanair take up the fight for a freedom to travel. As much as I do not fly nor have a car, I defend the right of everybody to move freely.

As the BBC reports, a conglomerate of travel industry owners are taking the government to court over restrictions and the government’s method to determine who is save and who isn’t.

They rightly question whether there is a secret political agenda, which that implies in my mind, in the government’s ideas.

Just as Boris Johnson tried to close down parliament, now he tries to stop travel.

Just as I am equally concerned about focussing on cycling, which the Labour Party now pushes. Closing down roads stops vulnerable residents from getting deliveries of food for example .In some areas, delivery firms refuse to attend because they cannot get to the addressee.

It’s all good to say that people should walk and cycle more but what if you can’t? If health conditions stop you from cycling or walking, what are you supposed to do.

There are quite a lot of articles online, which actually find that the Green movement has been founded by the Nazis. The idea to isolate yourself away from the world, stopping free travel and communications stems from that ideology.

Even as I do not own a car, I definitely rely on car transport, for deliveries and travel if I want it.

Being stopped from commuting, if you do not use a cycle is taking people’s rights away.

Remember what brought Ken Livingstone down where the bendy buses and I reckon once the LTN schemes are installed, that is what will bring Sadiq’s reign to an end.

I can only see what Khan does to Neighbourhood Safety in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. He has created a totally secretive system, which does not give any notification to residents on how it works.

Committees are established, which do not even circulate minutes of meetings.

The Police and Crime Commissioner in London should not be the same person as the Mayor of London, this should be politically independent, instead Khan aims to politically control policing and safer Neighbourhoods.

We are told not to take part in anti LTN demos as that would be political, but isn’t it political to stop deliveries, free travel to keep locals dependent and remove their ability to get food?

What this shows is that both Labour and the Conservatives now try to restricts freedoms, which is a bad sign and may point to conflict, which always removes people’s freedom to move.

the problem with getting information

Just as I wrote that last article about Facebook posts, I see this article about Novlett Robin Williams on Microsoft News. That exactly describes the problem with information sharing, passing on information and using some platforms.

Problem is that police use profiling for crimes and if somebody sends you a crime evidence to a personal email address and you pass it onto them from that personal email address then you are profiled into the crime.

I got a lot of pictures sent to my WhatsApp and had no idea about those but those were all harmless group photos from some walking group. I have warned police about using WhatsApp some time ago. WhatsApp can also be hacked.

I can well imagine that if you do not constantly monitor your phone, emails, spam folders, you can get a fair amount of stuff in it without knowing about it.

Hence I use different email addresses for different functions.

I do not want to be implicated in crimes just because people send pics about something they saw. I do not accept them at all any more on personal email addresses.

So, it is very important, that if you pass on information to the police that you make it quite clear that you are not personally involved in it.

I strictly monitor all my emails each day, but I have the time to do so, whilst others busy people hardly have time to look at emails because of job obligations. It’s a time thing, how much time do you have to check emails, how much time do you have to read online articles?

Only 100 years ago the human brain was much less busy. With the advent of modern technology our brains have a multiple amounts of work to do with memory and information storage. Our brains have not grown size-wise immensely since we gotten more to think about each day. Think this over please.

I remember having argued with this High-court judge that the current laws simply do not take into consideration how much time it needs to process something, to read something and fully understand it.

Just as nobody really reads the terms and conditions any longer – because we do not have the time to do so.

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