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News and Comment October 2012

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1 October (Part 3) - Bexley council steps out of line on bedroom sharing

The petitionLast Thursday councillor Chris Ball was obviously disturbed by the thought that Bexley council planned to make young people of the same sex share social housing bedrooms until aged 21. “It’s what the standard allows” said council officer David Bryce-Smith and went on in a reply to councillor Stefano Borella to say it was a Bexley imposed rule.

On Saturday morning I half heard a comment on BBC Radio 4 which indicated that sharing up to age 21 might be as unacceptable as councillor Ball and most other people would believe it to be.

It wasn’t hard to find confirmation that 21 is not the norm or maybe not even legal. The extract from the legislation shown is from the National Housing Association.

Perhaps councillor Chris Ball should ask his question again.

Guardian newspaper report.


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