How are you doing? I hope that you and your family are managing to get out for a bit in this lovely weather. What are you betting that as soon as the lockdown is lifted, it rains every day?
One benefit of the lockdown and working from home is we have all become very IT proficient with lots of online chat and meetings taking place. I am helping IMA Branch Reps to hold virtual MAG meetings, so keep an eye on emails for invitations, and please do make use of the discussion forums to keep in touch with each other.
How are you finding life in lockdown? I have had good days and bad. It has been very hard to try and stay on top of my daughter’s moods, particularly when having to deal with school work. A morning sulk is a regular feature of her day. We have no garden for her to get out and burn off some energy, so I feel so lucky that we have an allotment to go to. We have been busy planting peas and beans and this has offered a little bit of normality, at least for an hour. I’m piling weight on too. I think everyone I know has at least baked banana bread.
My top picks for this month look at life in lockdown.
A few years ago, Shelter undertook a study looking at what people wanted from a “living home”. What would be the ideal that they would be aiming for. The results formed the living home standards. These included
- Decent conditions
However, under lockdown other things that may not have been the highest priorities have come to the fore, such as local support networks, community relations and space to live. Does any of this resonate with you?
Lockdown of course can have many negative effects, not least the ability to remove yourself from forms of abuse. Being locked down in a confined space with someone who is volatile or who exerts controlling or coercive behaviour over you will undoubtedly lead to higher incidences of domestic violence. Domestic violence doesn’t just manifest itself in physical harm, it can be sexual, emotional and financial abuse. In her blog, Necla Bakirci explains what domestic violence is, how to spot it and what help is available.
In other blogs:
Continuing to look at domestic violence, Giles Peaker from Nearly Legal looks at a case where intentional homelessness was argued after eviction on the basis of rent arrears. On appeal it transpired that domestic violence was a factor. The case looks at whether it is reasonable to continue to occupy a property when domestic violence is a factor, and also looks at the issue of domestic violence when considering intentional homelessness.
Finally, an interesting read from Becca Stacey at Z2K. With thousands of people out of work due to coronavirus, the benefit claims systems have been put under immense pressure. Whether the current Universal Credit systems are efficient and fit for purpose have been severely tested. Many cracks and gaps in Universal Credit have been highlighted. One of the main things to be considered is, is the amount of UC enough to live on?
Have you read any good blogs recently? Let us know in our discussion forum.
In other news
The IMA has now successfully converted some of the f2f training programme to be delivered as online training. The aim is to be as interactive as F2F training as possible. Some training has already been delivered and is proving very popular. Keep an eye out for future training dates.
All the very best to everyone. More blogs next month.