“Mr A told me that there were six staying in these garages.”

Monday, August 17, 2015 admin 0

Recommended reading of the week is this sensitively-written piece by Southend Labour Councillor Julian Ware Lane: “I first came across the derelict garages described as a ?shanty town? a month or two back. I was out with some councillors and a council officer looking at fly-tipping and dumping problems. I […]

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Our Working Adults Still Living With Mum And Dad

Thursday, July 31, 2014 admin 7

There’s some alarming statistics this week from Shelter. To summarise their findings: Almost two million working adults aged between 20 and 34 are living with their parents These are working adults – not students or unemployed Almost half of them say they are still at home because they cannot afford […]

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Financial Advice From The District Council

Sunday, October 13, 2013 admin 0

Are you getting Council Tax Support and worried about money? From the District Council Website: If you are getting Council Tax Support and are struggling to pay your Council Tax we have a dedicated officer, Laura Poole, who can offer help and advice. You can: – call her on 01702 […]

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“… the world could be a much better place”

Monday, August 12, 2013 admin 0

Southend Blogger Jack Monroe has a video in the Guardian today: “Jack Monroe, who writes the blog A Girl Called Jack, discusses how she became a popular austerity cook and food blogger while living below the poverty line, and demonstrates how to cook one of her signature dishes: the carrot, […]

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Someone Is Looking For Help

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 admin 0

Behind the scenes at onlineFOCUS we have some software that tells us how people found our website. For example, if someone finds us via google, what words did they type in ? Here’s some examples: rawreth lane development watery lane hullbridge online focus what do staff earn at sainsburys hockley […]

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Watch Out For This….. The Council Tax Support Scheme

Saturday, December 29, 2012 admin 3

There’s a big change coming in how District Councils treat people on low incomes. At the moment there is a system called Council Tax Benefit. If you qualify for Council Tax Benefit, you don’t pay any council tax. It’s a national system, each council just follows the national rules. However […]

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A Cut That Will Hurt – Please Tell Us Your Views

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 admin 7

This evening we are writing about one of the BIG council issues for the next year. At the moment people on low incomes receive council tax benefit to cover the cost of their council tax. The government pays 100% of this, so it doesn’t cost councils anything. However from next […]

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Child Poverty In Rochford District

Saturday, June 2, 2012 admin 21

There was an article in the Independent last week about child poverty in the UK. It begins: The Government’s spending cuts will have a “catastrophic” effect on British children, a UN agency has warned, endangering their future health, education and employment…. Labour’s success in cutting the number of children growing […]

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Let’s Be Thankful…

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 admin 0

The Guardian has an interesting map of England today, based on data from Experian, the credit ratings company. It’s a interactive map ranking 326 local authorities in England by key poverty indicators, from child poverty to the risk of long-term unemployment. Rochford District comes out of it pretty well: We […]

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10 Statistics You Didn’t Know About Our District

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 admin 8

The NHS have today published their set of “2011 Health Profiles” for each district in the country, including ours. There are some interesting figures (well, interesting if you like looking at this sort of stuff). The overall webpage for the Health Profiles is here , and you can download the […]