Loving our neighbour' is more than just a great commandment, it's love in action based on how we deal with each other in our families and neighbourhoods (especially those who annoy us)'

Most of us dream of having a peaceful world but to bring about worldwide peace we need to make changes in our own attitudes and how we deal with each other - especially when our belief systems and resulting laws are failing to bring about this peace and divide us.  'Loving our neighbour' is more than just a great commandment, it's love in action based on how we deal with each other in our families and neighbourhoods (especially those who annoy us). 

We believe that Residents' Associations provide a valuable way of pulling communities together at a time when this worldwide system and the way it is run just isn't working the way it should, and so RAUK is one of the projects run by the Good Services Bureau. 

We hope that by working together we can improve people's lives personally and within their communities by providing information, referrals and support to residents and residents' associations around the country, as well as private individuals who may need some guidance.  Although we can't promise to fix all your problems but we can promise you won't have to face them alone.  Whilst this is a massive task to undertake, we know it's not impossible because as Muhammad Ali once said:

 'Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare.  Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing'


Before the recent increase in knife crimes, there are many residents' associations dealing trying to deal with students living in Multiple Occupancy properties because of the problems local residents are facing.  Residents Action in the Polygon, Southampton, kindly forwarded us the information below to pass on to all RAs in the UK.  




'I hear the Council tax subsidy from Government to Councils to compensate for student non-payment will cease in two years time with no provision in place for any replacement scheme.  Southampton for instance could  be short of over 10 million pounds. There are five student dominated areas and many student tower blocks across the city, more in the pipeline.


This matter needs urgent attention.  No one in the press is willing to take up this subject  despite my mailing to several reporters. Neither has anyone in the Council replied to my worries over this matter.  Recently the Southampton Daily Echo has had articles on even more huge student blocks bringing in no revenue for the Council.  


What plans are there for replacing the lost revenue ?


I have heard of business rate increases which would be unfair, students have loads of alcohol bottles outside their homes and can afford to pay. The law allowing them escape should be altered immediately'.


Do let us know how you are dealing with this so we can share this information with other RAs - thank you.

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