I’ve started a petition. Take a look.

And then sign and forward it, please. Thanks.
I have also just e-mailed it to the CAB, Advice Portsmouth, Shelter, the local MP and a few other parties.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/pay-benefits-to-tenants-not-landlords-1

For visitors from the US: The UK does not have the coronavirus ban on evictions that you guys have. Nope.

When I was evicted back in 2010, at age 50, it was similar weather as now, not that long before Christmas. That eviction would never have happened to me if I’d stayed in Amsterdam. But I didn’t, so that is water under the bridge.

I found out that I still had a £150 car club credit and I used it to rescue my pets from the shelter they had ended up in.

Among other things, I then drove across the country, from Hampshire to Devon. (And back.) That was the first time I had ever driven through snow – let alone thick snow – and the roads went up and down hills. It went well. I didn’t get stuck even once, but I did stall briefly up a long slope somewhere when my wheels slipped a tiny bit. “You can do this”, I said to myself and restarted the car.

Easy does it in those conditions. Allow the wheels to get traction, very gently. Don’t force them. It’s simple physics, isn’t? I passed several cars and a few lorries that had needed to give up or were stuck on that slope. It gave me a real boost at the time. I even had to drive around one, go off the “track” and drive through fresh snow.

It’s not true that people who are evicted or who are on benefits are a useless lesser species. Their circumstances are almost always mostly a side effect of Britain’s excessive inequality.

These photos below, that was me while I was homeless, back then, pretty grey under the hair dye. Yeah, homelessness is quite exhausting. You end up WALKING so much and in all kinds of weather. From office to office to office, finding some closed and having to come back an hour later, finding yourself being shooed away too if you’re not careful. There is nowhere to BE.

So you are often forced to keep walking around even when you have nowhere to go to at that point, nowhere were you need to be. Thankfully, I fit in well enough among the Starbucks crowd and nobody ever even tried to bother me there.

But now, with almost everything closed, there is absolutely nowhere for homeless people to go to.

It really helped to have my kind of background because my confidence confused some people and made them back off if they were about to shoo me away and then they might mutter something about my phone charger not having been PAT tested. It made others identify with me and therefore more willing to help me out while they might have ignored others who they couldn’t identify with.

 

For me personally, it had the advantage of being out of the “claws” of 24/7 hacking interference and being able to compare information on my phone with information on un-compromised computers.

For most other people, however, staying in their homes is best, certainly right now, with the complications of the pandemic.

2 thoughts on “I’ve started a petition. Take a look.

  1. Here is some of Shelter’s feedback:

    One of our campaigns we’ve been doing a lot of work on is the fact that people are being discriminated against because they are on housing benefit and that they are being rejected from renting properties because of this. Some would say that the problem is that landlords aren’t getting the benefits directly paid to them, to which we would say this needs to be the tenant’s choice. A YouGov survey of renters receiving housing benefit carried out in 2019 showed that 95% of people receiving housing benefit were not behind on their rent. And another YouGov survey from 2019 of more than 1,000 private landlords shows that those who rent to tenants on housing benefit are just as likely to be in profit as those who don’t. These surveys were carried out since the move away from automatic direct payments of housing benefit, showing that even without default direct payments, landlords are still receiving their rent on time from tenants getting housing benefit.

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  2. Yesterday, I learned that the majority of real estate agents/letting agents in the Dutch cities of Utrecht, Amsterdam and The Hague are willing to discriminate on sexuality and nationality/ethnicity. That is shameful!

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