7 day menu-for 4=£1.26 per person

sunday-breakfast toast- dinner roast pork-tea pork sandwiches

mon-                     toast-                             tea-curry and rice

tues-                 4 scrambled egg/toast    tea-rost chicken/mash/yorkshire puddings

wed-                  toast                               tea-home made chicken soup

thurs-                 toast                               tea-home made spag bol

fri-                      toast                               tea-mince meat yorkshire puddings mash

sat-              egg/toast     dinner-home made soup over mash   tea-spag bol and chips        

 

shopping list -family of 4 for £35,50

coffee=£1.47

sugar=£0.89

bread=£0.80

marge=£0.60

oil=      £0.99

pork and chicken=£10.00

potatoes x3=         £2.97

eggs x15= £1.34

flour(large)=£0.52

mixed veg bag=£1.00

gravy salt=£0.89

peas x2 tins=£0.78

carrots x2 tins=£1.10

milk x5=£4.95

mince meat=£3.00

onions x3 large=£1.00

curry powder-£0.60

rice=£1.00

tomato soup x5 tins=£1.00

tomatoes x2 tins=£0.60 

 

total=£35.50

#bedroom tax-reply from my mp

Maybe the word test is a bit strong Mike - all legislation has to be considered as it impacts on existing legislation and the Bill Committee that deals with the detail would provide any challenges if they believed it to be in conflict. Sorry I can't really help with this one but rest assured I will continue to campaign for an end to this disgraceful policy.

Best wishes

Alex

#bedroom tax-reply from my mp

Maybe the word test is a bit strong Mike - all legislation has to be considered as it impacts on existing legislation and the Bill Committee that deals with the detail would provide any challenges if they believed it to be in conflict. Sorry I can't really help with this one but rest assured I will continue to campaign for an end to this disgraceful policy.

Best wishes

Alex

bedroom tax 1

Part 1:Types of discrimination

It is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of:

  • age
  • being or becoming a transsexual person
  • being married or in a civil partnership
  • being pregnant or having a child
  • disability
  • race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin
  • religion, belief or lack of religion/belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

These are called ‘protected characteristics’.

You’re protected from discrimination in these situations:

  • at work
  • in education
  • as a consumer
  • when using public services
  • when buying or –renting property–
  • as a member or guest of a private club or association

a rough outline to appeal the bedroom tax

to

(your landlords name

i(your name and address

i have been informed of a rent increase to £    from 1st april 2013 but my tenancy started on the (date

because of what i consider to be excessive rise in rent i would like to ask

1-what alternative accomodation can you offer

2-i would like you to consider 4.3-6.3-7.6.3 and 7.6.5 of my tenancy agreemrnt

3-the size of one of my bedrooms is classed as a boxroom and not suitable as a bedroom

4-i also have an extended family who like to visit and stay with me on visits-you are removing this right

5-mine and my families human rights article 8-right to a family life i consider to be breached

6-i would also request you consider the housing act 1985 and 1996 which i feel have been ignored 

 

hra-family life

Family life

This element of Article 8 protects your right to respect for your close family relationships and matters relating to those relationships, for example how parents choose to discipline their children. The question of whether a relationship will fall within the ambit of ‘family life’ for the purposes of Article 8 will depend on the nature of the relationship and the existence of close personal ties. In addition to the relationship between a mother and father and between children and their parents, ‘family life’ will include unmarried couples and the relationship between an illegitimate child and either parent as well as other family relationships, for example relationships between siblings and between adopted children and adoptive parents.

The ECHR has so far been reluctant to recognise same-sex couples as families, holding that these relationships fall within the ambit of private life – not family life

Separation of family members will normally constitute an interference with the right to respect for family life, although such interference may be justified, for example where a child is taken into care for his or her own protection or where a parent is sentenced to imprisonment.

Family life can be engaged in deportation cases if the person to be deported has an established personal and family life in the UK (for example, if the person has children living and settled in the UK). However, the courts have been reluctant to find that deportation is a violation of Article 8. Where there is an alternative country in which the husband and wife or family can reside and there are no ‘insurmountable obstacles’ to moving there, or where a person could return to their country of origin and obtain entry clearance as a family member in the ordinary way without risk or excessive delay it is unlikely that the court will find that there has been a violation of Article 8.

 

A qualified right

Article 8 is qualified right. This means that an interference with the right can be justified in certain circumstances. Where the interference is justified, there will be no breach of Article 8.
The circumstances where an interference with the right can be justified are set out in the second part of the article (Article 8(2)).

For an interference to be justified it must:
Be ‘in accordance with the law’ – this means that there has to be clear legal basis for the interference and that the law should be readily accessible.
Pursue a legitimate aim – there are six legitimate aims set out in Article 8(2), including ‘the prevention of disorder or crime’ and ‘the protection of the rights and freedoms of others’. A public authority which intends to interfere with a person’s rights under Article 8 must be able to show that what they are doing pursues one of these six legitimate aims. This is rarely a problem, as the legitimate aims are so widely drawn.
Be ‘necessary in a democratic society’ – This is usually the crucial issue. There must be a good reason for the interference with the right and the interference must be proportionate which means that it should be no more than is necessary. If there is an alternative, less intrusive, way of achieving the same aim then the alternative measure should be used.

 

Positive obligations

Article 8 and the other qualified articles are largely concerned with preventing the Government, the police or other state bodies interfering with people’s rights. They are negative obligations in that they require the State to refrain from taking certain action. However, there may be circumstances where State is under a positive obligation – a duty to do something in order to protect or promote your rights.

In order to determine whether such a positive obligation exists, consideration must be given to the fair balance that has to be struck between the general community interest and the interests of the individual. Because a positive obligation will require the State to take active measures or steps, it will always be much harder to argue that the State is under a positive obligation than under a negative one. Examples of where courts found that a positive duty exists include:
R (Bernard) v Enfield London Borough Council [2003] where the court held that the Borough Council had a duty to provide assistance to a disabled woman so that she could maintain basic physical and psychological integrity.
X and Y v Netherlands (1985) where the ECHR held that the Netherlands should have taken steps to protect the applic

April 2013 the bedroom tax comes into play

where you live you have no real say

extra rent if you want to stay where you live

on a fixed budget something has to give

choices of staying where you want to be

or eating or heating we will have to see

where can you live if you can not stay

playing your cards just day by day

governments playing us just like a pawn

thinking they are kings with a great big crown

choices we can no longer make

freedom to live the coalition take

mg