November: 3rd November 2016: Equity & Local Economy

The One Planet Living theme for our November meeting was ‘Equity and the Local Economy’ and the focus was housing. In recent times many people lucky enough to own their own homes have found that their property has appreciated in value, sometimes by more in a year than they’ve earned through their work. These same trends are driving costs up for people living in private rented accommodation, but their income is not increasing. This is inequitable and one contributor to increasing inequality and risk of homelessness, and it’s happening in Frome as the town’s success attracts more incomers.
Over the past year a group of concerned local people have been considering how to make housing in Frome more fair. They joined us at our meeting on 3rd November to get feedback on their ideas and listen to our own stories about accommodation and housing needs in the town.