What’s happening to tackle inequality in Cambridge.
Why ‘affordable’ housing is no longer affordable in Cambridge – discussion with Surjit Dhande from Cambridge Housing Association
Is it any wonder we have a housing crisis in Cambridge? At the last in our current series of ‘Our Cambridge’ cafe style discussion groups, Surjit Dhande from the Cambridge Housing Association explained how government policy has shifted and with it the housing base for people on low incomes. The rent for social housing had
The Cambridge Commons has decided to lobby the City Deal board to “pause” the road works and their infrastructure proposals in the light of crucial evidence given to the government Planning Inspector last week. The inspector was re-convening the examination of the joint Local Plans of the Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire councils, having so
Jeannette Harding has been a long term user of mental health services and a mental health professional. Our Mental Health Trust also created a unique award to acknowledge her work as a campaigner and educator. Joining the ‘Our Cambridge’ cafe discussion series in June, Jeannette spoke about her own recent experience of a crisis
Join us for a meetup on affordable housing in Cambridge at Lower Hall behind Livingstone’s Cafe on Saturday 8 July, 11am. Surjit Dhande from the Cambridge Housing Society will be discussing the current crisis in affordable housing and the role of the society in tackling it. This is the last in this season of ‘Our
The Equality Trust has published a Manifesto for a Fairer Society with measures to address inequality. The manifesto covers work, tax, housing and education with some bold policies for candidates to sign up to. You can help by sending the manifesto to your MP. Here is some suggested wording for your email/letter: The UK is one
Voters in Cambridge spent an evening discussing local issues with mayoral candidates in a new hustings format for the campaign. Attendees were given a chance to sit with candidates in small groups around tables, introducing the topics that mattered to them. The format emphasised the need for honest dialogue over confrontation, with the discussion ranging from
We are hosting a conversation with mayoral candidates where you can get beyond the politician and meet the person inside. Taking place at the Friends Meeting House in Jesus Lane on Tuesday 25 April at 6.30pm, this is your chance to raise the issues that matter to you in an informal setting and on a
Ahead of the upcoming local and regional elections in the UK on 4th May, please help us reduce inequality by asking people standing for election in your area to commit to The Fairness Four actions, which are: Evaluate the likely impact of council policies on socio-economic inequality* Pay all directly contracted staff the real Living Wage (as set
How a Cambridge social entrepreneur helped break the isolation and anxiety of parenthood for families in Kings Hedges
How can we help new parents to tackle feelings of of isolation and anxiety? This was the central goal of the Kings Hedges Family Support Project set up by local social entrepreneur Pat Mackenzie 23 years ago. Speaking at the latest instalment of the ‘Our Cambridge’ cafe-style discussion series, Pat Mackenzie inspired us with her story. How did she
The Cambridge News this month published our opinion piece arguing for reforms to the housing market to stop growing inequality in Cambridge. We say that the mysterious appearance of Latin graffiti on a new housing development on Fen Road is a wake-up call that all is not right in our city. ‘Homes for local people,’ was the tenor of
The Cambridge Commons Mayoral Hustings 25 April, 6.30pm, Friends Meeting House Come and discuss the future of our city with the mayoral candidates for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. In this new election, we’ll be using a novel, conversational format to encourage a more open, honest dialogue. With Cambridge now the most unequal city in the UK,
‘How can we make a difference?’ Young people discuss housing, work and transport at Cambridge Commons event
Students from sixth form colleges in Cambridge called for a greater role in their city at a workshop organised by The Cambridge Commons. The event, dubbed Talkin bout Our Generation, gave 16-18 year olds a chance to air their aspirations for the future and learn about housing, work and local politics with local young experts.