Perhaps, anyone reading this, can imagine how FUCKED OFF, sorry, UPSET I AM.
I've been a full time carer for 5 years. My dad died in April. I've applied for Universal Credit. I've got barely any income, I have no savings, no pension, no assets. I'm BROKE but I NEVER complain because I STILL regard myself as privileged to be resilient and well informed and switched on to what's happening to me, and us all, politically ... and because of this I'm getting involved in Don't Pay UK because I CAN'T PAY THE BILLS anyway.
Many times here and elsewhere on social media I've encouraged people to read CITIZENS the outstanding book by Jon Alexander - because it is pertinent to everyone living on Earth right now. The thrust of the thesis is that WE ALL NEED, URGENTLY, to stop being CONSUMERS and we HAVE to become active, engaged - joyfully engaged - CITIZENS if we are to change everything because our politcal classes are not doing anything about climate breakdown on our behalf.
We can't change everything if we don't collectively DO something - start here and now - non violent direct action - by signing up to stay better informed.
* Match funding is where the grant applicant has raised the amount needed from the grant givers already - to prove the project they need funding has done due diligence with other financial contributors. I raised £110K in principle/promisory notes, the biggest were Lambeth Borough Council and King's College Hospital**) that getting the Carbon Trust money would have released to make a combined total of £220K that would have covered the costs of radically changing the pub's environmental impact forever)
** King's apart from committing to invest in the project King's facilities department promised to buy excess heat and electricity generated by the Combined Heat and Power plant and Ground Source Heat that were to be installed as part of the suite of technologies that would have made the pub generate its own power... had we got the grant