The 2019 local elections take place on Thursday but, if recent turnout patterns continue in the same vein, the vast majority of Wigan residents will not have their say at the ballot box. For The Streets That Don’t Vote project, Local Democracy reporters have been out on the doorsteps in wards with the lowest turnout records to ask why so few bother – and if that is likely to change this week.There will have been knocks on the door, leaflets through the letterbox and campaigning selfies filling social media feeds.In the mainstream media, the phrase ‘the country will go to the polls’ will echo in news bulletins and articles during build-up to the local elections on May 2. But it isn’t strictly true. In some parts of Greater Manchester, only one in five people will be putting their cross in a box this week.Linda Cooper is one of many in her Wigan ward asking themselves: “Why should I bother?”“I only vote occasionally, normally when … [Read more...] about The majority of Wiganers are unlikely to vote in the local elections
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All 48 seats on Guildford Borough Council will be up for election on May 2. The Conservatives are currently firmly in control of the council, holding 31 seats - six more than are needed for a majority. The number of seats up for election, and the number of votes you have, will depend on where you live. Some wards, like Onslow and Holy Trinity, elect three candidates, others elect two or even one, so make sure you check how many boxes you need to tick when you get to the polling station. Polls open at 7am on May 2 and close at 10pm, with the votes counted the next day. Read More More Guildford headlines Read on to find out more about who is standing in your ward. Candidates were given 100 words to make their pitch to you (and we cut them short if they went over). If you don't know what ward you live in, you can put your postcode into this webpage to find out. It will also tell you who currently represents your ward. Ash South and Tongham Paul Abbey, Residents for Guildford and … [Read more...] about Meet the candidates hoping to be elected to Guildford council
A Sky News anchor was forced to apologise today after she used an interview with a woman who had been evicted to complain about her tenants. Jayne Secker told housing campaigner Kirsty Archer “it was not the landlord’s fault” that it cost an average £2,000 in deposit and fees to rent in London. The interview came in response to new proposals by the government to end no-fault evictions aimed to give tenants greater security. But Ms Secker's admission that she is a landlord and her questioning caused outrage among those watching the clip. Ms Secker said: "That's not the landlord's fault that's just the housing market isn't it and the landlord would have the same issue if you were to move out in two months." "I mean it's a systemic problem we can't really afford that £2,000 and working people why should we have to raise that just for doing absolutely nothing wrong why should it be so hard for us to live secure lives? we can't afford to buy a … [Read more...] about Sky News anchor apologises after interview in which she moaned about her tenants
Business 11 May 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/business-44041999 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Millions of people pay monthly rent to a landlord for a room or a home, but many will be unclear about their rights as a tenant.BBC News asked … [Read more...] about Can a landlord kick me out?
A WOMAN was told she couldn't rent a house as she didn't have a man "to keep her safe", she claims. Lorna Pearce, 28, went into a letting agency in Plymouth, Devon, to ask about a city maisonette - but she was shocked when staff said she couldn't have it. She claims that SAMS Accommodation told her she would need a man to move into the property with her, due to a request from the landlord. Lorna has said she is "outraged" at the situation and that the letting agency shouldn't be able to refuse her "purely because of my gender". Lorna contacted the agency on Wednesday, April 3, as she is planning to move back to Plymouth after living in London for the last 10 years. Lorna said the letting agent asked her if the property was "just for you" and when was shocked when she was refused because she intended to live alone. I'm actually in a relationship with a woman. I'm shocked to be honest. It's 2019Lorna Pearce She said: "[The agent] said 'the problem is the landlord requested a male and … [Read more...] about Woman told she couldn’t rent house – as she didn’t have a man ‘to keep her safe’