January 20, 2016
Cross-posted from: Jayne Linney
Originally published: 11.01.16
Sadiq Khan was in yesterday’s Mirror offering his opinion on the Tories “plan to transform sink estates“; he speaks of how “having a secure and affordable home meant my parents could build a better life for me…”; this was also my experience.
My mum when widowed January 21 1965, was in the process of moving home, with my dad they’d bought a new bungalow and sold the terraced house they’d lived in for a decade, completing on Saturday 16/01/65. Due to the insurance documents not being signed at the same time, when my dad died of an unknown chronic heart disease on the Thursday, she and I were made homeless.
After two years of ‘making do’ at my grandparents we moved into a maisonette, on a new and at the time, state of the art council estate. Over the past 49 years the same estate has gone from being the flagship for Leicester City Council to so-called sink estate, now surrounded by iron bars. Yet it was that estate where I grew up, went to grammar school and ultimately university and on to post-grad education.
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January 5, 2016
Cross-posted from: Morning Star
Originally published: 04.01.16
GROWING up on a council estate in the early 1970s meant a level of safety that working-class families now can only dream of.
The house I grew up in had been the home of my grandparents and when they died — my coalminer grandad of emphysema and my grandma of heart disease — the tenancy was passed on to my mother.
This provided a safe and secure home that is still in my family’s possession in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, today.
We didn’t “own” this property in the way homes are owned today, but it was our home. We decorated it the way we liked it, we lived in it, we were safe in it. I lived in that council house until I was 19 years old and had my own council tenancy in Nottingham’s inner city with my baby son in 1989 — where I lived until I moved to London in 2013.
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