At the end of last year as the tragic news emerged of the Indian medical student’s death, who was subjected to the most unimaginable torture when she and a male friend boarded a bus in Delhi, the supposed true scale of Indian’s mistreatment of women was laid bare for the world to see. Digesting statics such as ‘according to official figures, a women is raped in Delhi every 14 hours’ (BBC:2013) is not a statement that many would find easy to comprehend. As word spread, people started to voice their concerns, particularly young women, who took to the street to protest. However, ‘not a single leader came forward to engage with protesting students demanding safety for women.’ (BBC: 2013) The government may have made their stance clear now, ordering a rushed trial with no lawyers or legal representative for the men charged with the murder and rape. The Government also stating that if found guilty, the accused will all be publicly hanged. Considering the worldwide media interest in the case, this reaction seems typically frantic of a government that is desperate to end discussion and anxiety surrounding women’s rights and safety. In spite of this, one thing is now undeniably certain, India must address its’ deep rooted, often accepted approach to treating women as second class citizens, not only politically, but in the horrendous struggles they face in everyday life. Read the full article – Young Women & Violence | 99percentblog.
Just a few days after George Osborne’s budget for an ‘aspiration nation’, with its focus on home ownership, today’s homelessness statistics reveal the reality for people at the sharp end of Britain’s housing crisis.
Homelessness acceptances are up 10% since 2011 to 53,450 households, 64% of them accepted because they’re families with dependent children.
The number of households placed in B&B accommodation is up 26% to 4,000, including 1,690 families with children. The number of families stuck in B&Bs beyond the legal six-week limit has continued to rise year on year.
Every one of these families has experienced one of the most terrifying things any parent can face: being unable to provide your children with a home.
The yearly ‘prevention and relief’ statistics, also published today, show that a further 199,000 households were assisted by councils to stay in their homes, or move to another, outside of the homelessness legislation. It’s clear that local councils all over the country are struggling to cope with the number of people at risk of homelessness coming through their doors.
So the number of people asking for help has gone up and large numbers are being assisted. But the Government, and local councils, must get to grips with the underlying causes of this growing tragedy.
Over a fifth (21%) of homelessness acceptances were triggered by the loss of an assured shorthold tenancy (AST). This makes the private rented sector the leading cause of homelessness. Two years ago, just 14% of statutory homelessness cases were attributed to the loss of an AST
… Full Article here Homelessness rises as benefits are cut – coincidence? | Shelter blog.