The Dellow centre is the worst homeless helping institution i have experienced in three years time. It seems they like to keep people waiting with no obvious reason and do, God knows, upset they clients. During the appointment with one of the workers i had to wait to be seen for a half an hour, when the person himself all the time was standing with the cake on the plate in the kitchen as if ready to serve someone, yet no one actually was interested in anything getting there, it was past the usual kitchen hours. when questioned of the reason for such a disrespect in the civilised, not offensive manner, she replied doing a volunteer service and is not obliged to help anyone! i could not go there for the next few month out of disgust i felt for the way they are, and then i came to buy a breakfast and was refused till the reassessment to be done. which was not happening and not happening when i left hungry... their robotic: "sorry, it is not allowed, sorry it is not allowed.." is the only explanation i heard for having no reassessment when four or five of them where present in the corridors and arround the room interacting on they mobile phones, computers, finger nails and each other... this place is superbly absurd and should be closed immediately i think. thanks to Chris for the corresponding opinion and thank you, Dellow you really made feel the label "Homeless" sticky! Mantas .
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After murdering Mark Duggan police let London burn. Now the witch hunt begins . I have no doubt this was the plan from the start.,Problem, reaction, solution, three simple steps which ensure your agenda is demanded by the people, and if your agenda is a Police State this is just perfect.
Oh how the BBC, Channel four, ITV, and the rest applauded the so called Arab Spring, Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, Syria, Jordan, Bahrain. How they marvelled at the power of the people, the power of Face Book, My Space, Twitter. Well now the chickens are coming home to roost.
My advice, don’t riot it’s exactly what they want.
A big political idea that the last two governments have been touting is ‘joined up governance’. This is where different government departments don’t work against each other to produce perverse and contradictory policy. An example of ‘un-joined up’ governance would be a local council’s outsourced and target-driven traffic wardens being allowed to slap parking tickets on the council’s own rubbish trucks under the terms of the contract negotiated by the Council itself. (You know who you are!)
Apparently, because of joined-up governance, cock-ups such as these are rapidly becoming history. However, if you are one of those who think that 21st century politics are the end result of over 2,000 years of evolving democracy, then you may wonder why it took so long to discover what is blindingly obvious to most people.
Yet like most big political ideas, joined up governance doesn’t always translate into reality when it leaves the humid atmosphere of the think tanks and dribbles down to the real world.
Picture courtesy of Dale Farm Campaign/Save Dale Farm weblog
This is evident in the case of Basildon Council who have recently ordered the eviction of the 300 Travelers living at Dale Farm in Essex without planning permission. The Traveller site is part official and part un-official and half of it is covered by the eviction notice.
Various figures have been quoted about the costs of the operation – the minimum is £3M for the eviction contract and £5M for the police. The maximum could double both these figures. These costs come at a time when Basildon is slashing 6.4 per cent from its budget with over a 100 council staff losing their jobs and half a million pounds being cut from services for disabled people and repairs to community centres. These estimates don’t include the costs of re-housing the Travellers – who after all have to live somewhere – and the hidden costs of the disruption to the lives and schooling of the 150 children involved in the years ahead.
However, joined-up governance was probably not the first thing that came to mind for Basildon Council Leader Tony Ball when he stood for election. Basildon is a marginal constituency and the site was a controversial local topic. But instead of promising to calm local fears, much of was fueled by ignorance, gossip and discrimination, and negotiate with the Travellers –who after all are Basildon constituents as well – Mr Ball ran a campaign that relied on an ‘evict Dale Farm’ ticket.
He duly won and this need for a quick fix and easy votes provides evidence for a far more persuasive big political idea – that politicians tend to do and say anything in the short term to get into power, and will work for their own interests more than ours.
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An edited version of this appeared in The Big Issue Magazine for the ‘Moneyshot’ column
By Mike Doherty