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Exeter tenants evicted from flats with ‘no warning’

Benefit tales

More than 40 people including children have been evicted from a block of flats in a raid by bailiffs.

It follows the repossession of part of the property in Bartholomew Street, Exeter, from Property Edge Lettings which went into administration in 2012.

Families, most of them Polish, say they were given no warning of the eviction and just 20 minutes to leave. Receivers Alder King, who sent in enforcement officers to repossess the property, declined to comment.

One of the residents, Izabela, said: “We have just been told get out and we don’t know where we are going.”

Rob Hannaford, Exeter’s lead councillor for housing, said he was “very concerned” for the tenants, with whom the council was working with to provide alternative accommodation. He said the council had been made aware of the situation several weeks ago and had offered advice on alternatives, as well as giving residents information…

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Mascherano Would Be Perfect For Liverpool

The Kopite View

Mascherano Would Be Perfect For Liverpool


Liverpool target Javier Mascherano could have his future decided imminently with his agent due to meet Barcelona bosses. The former Red hinted after Barca’s failed La Liga tilt that he could quit the Nou Camp and this news has interested his former club as well as Napoli, where Rafa Benitez, his former Liverpool boss, is now in charge.


According to reports from Italy, the Argentina international’s agent Walter Tamer is in Barcelona and due to meet with new manager Luis Enrique and sporting director Andoni Zubizerreta.


Reports suggest that Barca are thought to be ready to offer Mascherano, who turns 30 this weekend, a one-year extension.


But if this offer doesn’t satisfy the former West Ham player then it could open the door for Napoli and Liverpool.


Barcelona have wasted one of the game’s best defensive midfielders by playing…

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Here’s the real reason the Tories are allowing the destruction of robin eggs and nests

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the Tories!)

I must admit to having been more than a little puzzled at first as to why Natural England are proposing that nests and eggs of bird species such as robins and starlings will be allowed to be destroyed without the granting of special licences.

This would mean members of the public would be allowed to destroy any nests or eggs they came across – more or less at will.

Natural England’s consultation paper on the subject doesn’t shed much light on the reasons for these quite shocking proposals either – other than stating that these birds can present a “public health and safety” hazard.

There is no explanation of what exactly the public health and safety hazards of robins’ and starlings’ eggs are.

However, after a little investigation into the murky waters of party donations all has now become clear.

Last year government ministers chose Andrew Sells…

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Join the physical or online blockade of the Salvation Army!

the void

jesus-workfare-salvation From Boycott Workfare

Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty will be holding another of their regular and extremely successful blockades of the Salvation Army on Saturday morning from 11am onwards.

Join in with an online blockade of the Salvation Army’s social media and let them know what you think of their prolific and unashamed use of forced unpaid labour.

Make your feelings known and you may even get to join the prestigious ‘Banned by the Salvation Army over workfare related comments’ facebook group.

Although the Salvation Army are steering clear of the government’s latest workfare programme, the 6 month long Community Work Placements, they are still major users of workfare, taking part in Mandatory Work Activity and the Work Programme. The Salvation Army have expressed their support for workfare for sick and disabled people using the disturbing phrase “emancipation through employment”. Their enthusiastic support of workfare has won them praise from…

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It’s my third anniversary!

Anj Handa


Three years ago today, I woke up feeling euphoric.  Then I promptly burst into tears. I can remember feeling so liberated, yet so scared at the prospect of paying my frankly humongous mortgage without the safety net of a monthly salary.  That was my welcome to the world of self-employment and boy, have I learnt a lot!

Mostly, I’ve learnt a lot about myself. I’ve learnt that I can make it alone; who my true friends are; what clients do and don’t value; how important cashflow is; how resilient and also how creative I can be; and that my personal values are so strong that I’m not tempted to compromise them for monetary gain.  There have been some tough lessons, but I’ve bounced up every time.

More recently, I learnt that although I can make it alone, I don’t want to.  I enjoy taking an idea and bouncing it off…

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