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  1. Britain’s welfare system ‘unfit for purpose’ with millions struggling, experts warn

     2-year study reveals households are being ‘battered again and again’ by an ‘unfit’ welfare state that is in urgent need of reform


  2. A whole section of society is being cut adrift by the rising cost of supermarket shopping


    ..The Smart Price, Basics and Value range products offered as lower-cost alternatives are stealthily being extinguished from the shelves, leaving shoppers with no choice but to “level up” to the supermarkets’ own branded goods – usually in smaller quantities at larger prices.

    I have been monitoring this for the last decade, through writing recipes on my online blog and documenting the prices of ingredients in forensic detail. In 2012, 10 stock cubes from Sainsbury’s Basics range were 10p. In 2022, those same stock cubes are 39p, but only available in chicken or beef. The cheapest vegetable stock cubes are, inexplicably, £1 for 10. Last year the Smart Price pasta in my local Asda was 29p for 500g. Today, it is unavailable, so the cheapest bag is 70p; a 141% price rise for the same product in more colourful packaging. A few years ago, there were more than 400 products in the Smart Price range; today there are 87, and counting down.

    The managing director of Iceland, Richard Walker, stated on ITV on Friday that his stores were losing customers “to food banks, and to hunger”. Not to other competitors, not to better offers, but to starvation, and charity. Iceland has pledged to keep its £1 lines at the flat rate of £1 until the end of the year, a commitment to customers at the sharp end that is rare in the cut-throat world of supermarket retail.


  3. 2 hours ago, Mikhail Liebenstein said:

    So these are essentially trailer park homes?

    I guess there is a place for them.


    Increasingly so, given the horrific cost of brick housing, but manufactured / park homes are often poorly insulated & expensive to heat/ cool and build out of low cost materials

    Alas there are still many unscrupulous park home owners in the Uk industry preying on the elderly , and the tories failed to change the law in 2010 to help stop it ...



    In 2002 68% of mobile home occupants were aged 60 or over. The age profile of mobile home owners can make it challenging for them to assert their rights when dealing with unscrupulous site operators.

    The legal framework: issues and shortcomings

    The legal framework within which site and mobile home owners operate has developed in a piecemeal fashion. The Mobile Homes Act 1983 extended the rights of mobile home residents, particularly in respect of security of tenure, but various short-comings in its provisions were identified, leading to calls for its review and amendment.  In 1988 Shelter’s now disbanded Mobile Homes Unit produced a report on the operation of the 1983 Act which called for changes to be made, including having pitch fee levels fixed by rent officers; the development of an effective system of arbitration; and stronger duties on local authorities to inspect unfit housing on mobile homes sites.

    Following a review carried out by a Park Homes Working Group in 1998, some of the short-comings identified were addressed by the Housing Act 2004.  Concerns around malpractice in the park homes sector persisted. These focused on complaints about unfair fees and charges; poor standards of maintenance; and site owners obstructing the ability of home owners to sell. The Labour Government conducted a further consultation exercise in 2009, following which detailed proposals to strengthen the site licensing system were set out in Park homes site licensing reform: The way forward and next steps. These measures were not implemented prior to the 2010 General Election.

    The Coalition Government published A better deal for mobile home owners on 16 April 2012. The Communities and Local Government Select Committee conducted an inquiry into the park homes industry and published its report, Park Homes, in June 2012. The Committee found “widespread malpractice” in the sector and concluded that the existing legislative framework was “inadequate”.

    The Mobile Homes Act 2013

    After drawing fifth place in the 2012 Private Members’ Bill ballot, Peter Aldous used this opportunity to introduce the Mobile Homes Bill 2012-13.  The Bill secured Government support and amended the existing legislation to strengthen the protection offered to mobile home owners. The Mobile Homes Act received Royal Assent on 26 March 2013. The 2013 Act implemented many of the proposals contained in A better deal for mobile home owners and recommendations made by the Communities and Local Government Select Committee in Park Homes.  The Coalition Government issued detailed guidance on the rights and obligations of site and mobile home owners. In addition, the remit of the Leasehold Advisory Service was extended to provide free information and advice to “owners of mobile homes, site owners, local authority officers or anyone else with a question about the law on park homes”.

    2017 Review of mobile (park) homes legislation

    Despite legislative activity in this area, mobile home owners are not content that all of their issues have been resolved. For example, there is particular dissatisfaction about the continuation of the requirement to pay a commission fee of 10% on the sale price of a mobile home to the site owner.  A separate Library Briefing Paper, 7003, Mobile (park homes): 10% commission on sales provides detailed information on this charge.

    In 2015, the Government set up a Park Homes Working Group “to identify evidence of poor practice where it exists, and investigate how best to raise standards and further tackle abuse”. The Group, which included national resident groups and industry trade bodies, concluded its work and put forward its recommendations to Government.

    The Government conducted a two-part review of mobile (park) homes legislation in 2017. The review also sought views on some of the Park Homes Working Group’s recommendations.

    The review concluded that overall the measures introduced by the Mobile Homes Act 2013 had been effective in improving the sector. However, the review also identified areas where further action was needed, including: some administrative processes and procedures could be streamlined; some park home residents still lacked awareness of their rights and responsibilities; some local authorities faced barriers in carrying out their enforcement activities; and some site owners continued to take unfair advantage of residents, most of whom are elderly and on low incomes.

    The Government’s response to the two-part review, published in October 2018, sets out proposals to strengthen the existing legislation by:

    • improving residents’ rights;
    • giving local authorities more enforcement powers to tackle rogue site owners;
    • working with the sector to raise awareness of rights and responsibilities of residents; and 
    • developing and disseminating best practice amongst local authorities.



  4. Long overdue that these were looked at in Uk..

    Mobile homes in which 22 million Americans live — also known as manufactured houses — are governed by federal requirements that haven’t changed in nearly 30 years.

    After decades, Biden plans to make mobile homes greener, sparking a fierce debate. For the first time since 1994, the government must update energy efficiency standards for manufactured houses


  5. 43 minutes ago, Timm said:


    "The consumer prices index rose to 5.4% in the year to December, up from 5.1% in November, according to the Office for National Statistics. Economists had forecast an uptick to 5.2%. The last time inflation was higher was in March 1992, when it was 7.1%."

    Inflation: Cost of living rises at fastest pace for 30 years


  6. Empty Shelf at a Grocery Store Near You? Tight Inventories, Labor Shortages, Supply Chain Snags, Strong Sales, Soaring Costs

    by Wolf Richter • Jan 17, 2022 • 67 Comments

     It shows how brittle the system has become in face of every new challenge.


  7. Exclusive: Most commercial landlords are struggling to find tenants for their office buildings

    'More than three fifths of the UK’s commercial landlords are struggling to attract tenants to traditional offices as businesses’ workspace demands have changed'


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