Where would ANY country be without its Residents?
Happy residents make a happy country but it amazes me how much bullies, whether individuals, governments, corporations or any other group can make life so miserable and stressful particularly when making and keeping money is more important than people. It's particularly distressing when staff working in government departments (paid for by tax payers) give wrong information and are condescending to recipients of benefits (also paid for by tax payers) causing them unnecessary stress and financial difficulties.
Where do we go for accountability? Last night a friend of mine who has had problems with the care home where her elderly parents stayed for a while pointed out that one needed TENACITY and the ability to sift through information, sometimes conflicting, in order to get results. She sees these as "gifts" because not everyone has these abilities and often feel exhausted and frustrated going through the various complaints procedures and give up - which is why the same things continue to happen.
A good residents' association is often a group of tenacious people - they get things done and meet regularly to discuss housing, community or environmental matters affecting their block of flats, estate or houses.
The point to remember is that ALL are residents collectively and should, therefore, include anyone - regardless of whether they rent or own their home. The main thing is that residents endeavour to work together to improve the physical conditions of where they live, campaign for better facilities or create or improve the sense of community in their area.
What affects one person (or several) can affect everyone in the block or area - at the same time - what better way to get to know the people around you, whether it is to interact socially or prevent crimes and anti-social behaviour.
28th November 2014 - Sarah Teather MP is going to
present the bill to prevent Revenge Eviction ... more