Hundreds of tower blocks across UK at risk of collapse, say experts | The Independent


Tower blocks across the UK, home to an estimated 100,000 people, have a systemic structural flaw that puts them at risk of collapse, housing experts have told The Independent.

In the wake of the Grenfell disaster, safety problems have come to light at towers built using the Large Panel System (LPS) method during the 1960s and 1970s, which house more than 41,000 flats in cities up and down the country.

The flawed construction method has left cracks in some flats wide enough to allow residents to slide their hands in between the walls.

 

Source: Hundreds of tower blocks across UK at risk of collapse, say experts | The Independent

Jimmy Dore: Stop and Search Policing Now Shown to Be Rubbish


Persecute the innocent and eventually the innocent will want their revenge. By profiling you are demonising an entire race, religion or culture.

In every race, religion or culture there will be a minority who will not conform to what society expects for a variety of reasons, ignorance of the said rules or laws, a persecution complex, contempt for others, bullying, etc. Many of these persons could need educating or counseling to ascertain reasons for their behaviour and some a form of punishment. For we are in an assumed civilised society and should care for our fellow beings and show them respect and understanding in order that they may reflect on what they are doing.

But first we require an equalised society in that the controlling powerful forces, such as Government, police, media, etc. do not castigate, vilify or victimise sections of the community to further increase resentment and exclusion.

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This is another fascinating piece from the American comedian Jimmy Dore, who turns up regularly on The Young Turks internet show. In this video he discusses an article in one of the New York Papers, reporting a study that has shown ‘broken windows’ policing to be complete rubbish. ‘Broken windows’ policing is the name given to the police strategy of prosecuting people for minor offences – what are called ‘quality of life’ offences, like graffiti, riding your bike on the pavement and so on, in the expectation that cracking down on minor crimes will lead to a drop in major felonies. It includes ‘stop and frisk’ – what over here is called ‘stop and search’ – in which people are stopped and searched at random by the rozzers.

The ‘broken windows’ strategy takes its name from an official experiment, in which a car was left in the road with its…

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Council wishes to evict 2 brothers from council house


Can the council evict?

This is not an easy situation and rests in English Law. The tenant was Jack who paid rent to live in the council house, he did not own it, irrespective of how much rent he paid.  He in fact was sub-letting to Brian and David, which could be in breach of his tenancy agreement.  But if the council knew of the arrangement and let it ride for 58 years, then it is unlikely they could use this to evict.  Since the death of Jack, who has been paying the rent, if it be either Brian or David, have the council accepted the rent as consideration. If so have they unwittingly created a new tenancy agreement by accepting the consideration.

This can only be sorted out by obtaining legal advice and if they do not wish to instruct solicitors, I suggest they go  to their local Citizens Advice Bureau.  Just because a council is involved it can not be assumed they fully know the law.