We need to end rip-off letting agent fees

On 18/07/2014, in Housing, In the media, by Fran Sinclair

What exactly are these fees for? In my book they are definitely in rip-off territory and affect the least well off in the city It’s Saturday morning and you get up to a lazy breakfast. It’s been a good month – rent’s paid, food shopping done and there’s enough money left for a good night […]

Campaign on private letting agency fees – can you spare 5 minutes for a survey?

On 04/07/2014, in Housing, by Thangam

It will only take you five minutes but it will really help us to get more evidence and examples of how Bristol’s housing situation is not working. Please click, complete and share the link with others on twitter or facebook or email. Thanks!

Bristol’s housing crisis: help private tenants, says Westminster hopeful

On 02/07/2014, in Housing, In the media, by Thangam

Building new homes is just part of the equation for solving Bristol’s chronic housing crisis, according to Westminster hopeful Thangam Debbonaire. She says that more should be done to help the thousands of people who rent homes and get ripped off by dodgy landlords and letting agents. Ms Debbonaire, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Bristol West […]

Thangam Debbonaire responds to the launch of the Mayor’s Housing Commission

On 01/07/2014, in Housing, News Releases, by Thangam

Press Release: Thangam Debbonaire responds to the launch of the Mayor’s Housing Commission “We all recognise that housing is one of the biggest challenges Bristol faces and we all agree that under-supply is the major contributor. So I welcome the aims of the commission and all its findings, however, I think we can, and need to, […]

Campaigns for fair letting practices gather pace across Bristol

On 01/07/2014, in Housing, In the media, by Thangam

Thangam Debbonaire, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Bristol West at the next election took on a rep from a Bristol based letting agency on live radio this week as she is campaigning to ensure fair lettings practices for the 46K Bristolians who rent privately. Labour has promised to ban letting agent fees for tenants and to […]

Investing in Bristol for the 21st century economy

On 16/06/2014, in Economy, by Thangam

So what do we need to see in Bristol to secure sustainable, fairly distributed, economic growth which works for people, protects the environment and gives us hope for our children’s futures? We need a fully living wage and an end to zero hours contracts. Plus decent terms and conditions, training for the jobs of the […]

Tackling poverty and inequality is economically sensible, not just morally right

On 16/06/2014, in Economy, by Thangam

Wealth creators are you and me We need to re-think our ideas about who are the wealth creators. Too many people have, over the years,  fallen for the myth that the wealth creators are the investment bankers, the financiers, the very few people who have access to large amounts of money – forgetting that money alone […]

The Economy – it’s everything

On 16/06/2014, in Economy, by Thangam

A few years ago, I blogged about some of the background to the financial crisis to provide the rebuttal arguments to the persistent fairy tale going round that Labour caused the global economic crisis. I want to move us on now to what the alternatives are, what Labour is going to do to re-structure the […]

Air pollution in Bristol – what are we breathing?

On 08/05/2014, in Air quality, by Thangam

…and the answer is….Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2). Lots of it, way more than we should be, and almost every day. And it is affecting our health. I check on this regularly, using data downloaded from the Bristol air quality data website, which publishes data almost in real time, with hourly and daily means. The legal limit […]

My 2 minute bedroom tax speech to Bristol City Council 10th September 2013

On 01/10/2013, in Housing, In the media, by Thangam

Thank you Lord Mayor. Mr Ferguson, Councillors. You have my statement so you know I’m calling for you to reject the proposals of the working party to end the ban on evictions caused by the \bedroom tax and to stand up for \Bristolians by calling on the government to axe the tax. The working party […]