Photo by Robert Cornforth
Cats Protection has launched a major new campaign to help more people living in rented housing own a pet cat.
The UK’s largest cat charity is offering free guidance to landlords and letting agents to help ensure that tenancy agreements reflect modern day living.
Issues over finding cat-friendly housing have been one of the top five reasons recorded by Cats Protection for cats being handed into the charity’s adoption centres over the past 12 months. Cats Protection’s research shows that less than half (42%) of private rented housing allows cats in the UK.
In the East Midlands, 49% of private landlords state their tenancy agreements would allow tenants to keep a cat.
Jacqui Cuff, Cats Protection’s Head of Advocacy & Government Relations, said: “More and more people are renting their homes either by choice or necessity, yet very few rented properties accept cats. This means tenants are missing out on being able to own a cat, while landlords may be losing out on attracting responsible and settled tenants.”
The charity has launched a new website full of guidance for landlords and tenants about allowing cats into their properties and addressing any concerns. The website, at www.cats.org.uk/purrfectlandlords includes free, downloadable legal wording for landlords and letting agents to add to their own tenancy agreements, setting out simple conditions on cat ownership to protect and benefit both landlords and tenants.
Jacqui added: “We hear from renters who tell us most adverts state ‘no pets’. Often, the reason for not allowing cats is simply habit, with a third of UK landlords who don’t accept cats saying they didn’t proactively choose to ban cats, but instead followed a standard template or advice from a letting agent.
“The aim of Cats Protection’s Purrfect Landlords campaign is to transform renting so that responsible cat ownership benefits both landlords and tenants – happy landlords, happy tenants, happy cats.
“Becoming a cat-friendly landlord means advertising properties as ‘pets considered’ which ensures landlords stay in control and can make a decision once they’ve met their potential tenant.
“Our downloadable example cat clauses can then be simply added to existing tenancy agreements and they include tenancy conditions to require cats to be neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. This helps to ensure that cats are in the best of health and unlikely to cause any issues.
“We’re also offering advice to help tenants speak to their landlords to ask for permission to own a cat. Landlords are often willing to be flexible, especially as tenants with pets are likely to stay for longer.”
Private tenants who are able to own cats benefit immensely. Of those that own a cat, 94% report that their cat has a positive effect on their life such as making them happy, providing company and affection, or improving mental health.
Jacqui added: “The reality is that cats very rarely cause problems for landlords. In actual fact, many cat owners tell us that having a cat is what makes their house a home and helps them put down roots and value the home they’re living in.”
Broadcaster, writer and Cats Protection supporter Andrew Collins is backing the Purrfect Landlords campaign.
He said: “Cats are more than just much-loved pets, they’re part of the family and the heart of the home. For me, a home without a cat isn’t a home at all! They’ve got an important role to play in the lives of many people – from helping children understand about caring for others to providing a lifeline to pensioners who may otherwise feel isolated and lonely.
“It’s heart-breaking that so many renters are not able to own a cat but this needn’t be the case. Cats Protection’s Purrfect Landlords campaign is a major step forward in modernising how cat ownership is viewed in a rental market many people now rely on. By helping landlords see the benefits of happy, settled tenants, we can help more tenants experience the joy of sharing their lives with a feline friend.”
For more information, please visit www.cats.org.uk/purrfectlandlords
Vicky Wood says…
Martin Angeloni says…
Many ,many years ago,in fact it could have been a bit longer….
During my school days at St Wulfrum’s, I was chosen, along with three girls to represent the school on an Anglia TV natural history quiz.
My reason for the appeal is to see if anyone has the team photo, as my copy was lost.
Along with myself,also in the team were Elaine Hutchinson,Sue Mcinley and the head girl at the time who’s name escapes me, due to an age thing,
The dates are a bit sketchy it it must have been about 1966/7.
I hope someone can help, thank you.
We’re at the Grantham Farmers’ Market on the second Saturday of each month. Pay us a visit and buy some healthy venison!
Chair of SOS Grantham Hospital Cllr Charmaine Morgan has received a letter from Nick Boles MP in response to concerns at the poor response Conservative Health Ministers have given to a 60,000 signature petition organised by SOS Grantham Hospital in a bid to save emergency services at Grantham Hospital.
Mr Boles’ reply was…
William Feehily says..
The Toy Bank in 2016
Sue McQuinn says…
I’ve sent email below to Nick Boles this morning.
Good Afternoon Mr Boles,
A year ago the overnight closure of Grantham A&E looked to be coming to an end. Sufficient staff had been recruited and everything appeared positive.
Then, NHS Improvement became involved, referred the decision to the East of England senate and the reopening didn’t happen.
At the time you were quoted in the press:
“I am very disappointed that NHS Improvement has intervened to stop ULHT announcing the reopening of Grantham A&E at night.”
“I believe their actions are legally dubious and morally indefensible.”
“I will be raising the matter in the House of Commons at the earliest opportunity.”
Can you tell me (and the rest of your constituents) what action you’ve taken in the past year to challenge these decisions?
I look forward to your early response, given the jeopardy your constituents are in while the overnight closure continues.
Thanks & regards
Melissa Darcey says…
Katie Burris has sent the following letter to the Mayor of Grantham Dear Councillor Coutts,
I am personally very disappointed to read in the news you will be welcoming the Belvoir Hunt into Grantham on Boxing Day 2018. I understand that this decision was made after a secret meeting of Grantham councillors, whom had received a private presentation from the Belvoir Hunt.
I, as a representative of Grantham Against Blood Sports was not offered the same opportunity to present our case. In fact any communications to the Mayor, the Mayor’s office and SKDC in general have been thwarted with various obstructions, misinformation and lies. Which has lead members of the public to become frustrated with you and your office. And evidently demonstrates the bias towards us, and the deeply entrenched support of wildlife criminals, no matter what harm they do.
In December 2017 the Mayor at that time councillor Mike Cook was approached by myself, as a representative of Grantham Against Blood Sports, and asked not to support the Belvoir Hunt on Boxing Day 2017. Our opposition to the invite of the Belvoir Hunt was solely due to the two upcoming court cases in 2018 involving the Belvoir Hunt and its associates. Councillor Cook was open to debate and very nearly stopped the invite to the Belvoir Hunt on Boxing Day 2017. However, after he took legal advice from SKDC he was advised that any upcoming court cases against the Belvoir Hunt employees and associates had to be presumed innocent, until the conclusion of the court cases, which we all agreed was the right thing to do, in the interests of justice. GABS did peacefully protest on Boxing Day 2017 and councillor Mike Cook kept good on his promise to keep the issue on the agenda with the Mayor in waiting councillor Lynda Coutts.
The Belvoir Hunt employees and associates who had been previously charged were subsequently convicted of grievous bodily harm, actual bodily harm, theft, criminal damage and an animal welfare offence. There was also no denial of foxes being killed by the hunt at Scalford Care Home and at Melton Country Park, although police investigations were dropped. The charge for an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 related to a Buckminster Estate gamekeeper Nigel Smith, who was found to be keeping a fox captive in an outbuilding on the Buckminster estate in December 2015. We assume this was for the purpose of releasing the fox for the Belvoir Hunt the following day, the day of the hunt. Nigel Smith did not cooperate with the police investigation and refused to answer PC Flint’s questions. This particular offence was exposed in an undercover operation by the League Against Cruel Sports investigators, Daryl Cunnington and Roger Swaine. Buckminster gamekeeper Nigel Smith was found guilty of this offence in March 2018 and fined and ordered to pay costs of £1,640 he was also disqualified from keeping foxes or being involved in it, for five years.
In March 2016 those same two investigators (Darryl Cunnington and Roger Swaine) were both brutally assaulted and robbed in an unprovoked attack whilst monitoring the Belvoir Hunt in Leicestershire. This attack left Darryl Cunningham, a former policeman with broken neck vertebrae in three places.
Both Darryl and Roger were attacked by six men, many of them wearing balaclavas. Only two of the six men were arrested, George Grant, the (former) Belvoir Hunt terrierman and his son Thomas Grant. George & Thomas Grant refused to cooperate with the police investigation and they refused to name their accomplices, who are still at large and whom Leicester Police hold an open investigation on.
In April 2018 both George and Thomas Grant were convicted at Leicester Crown Court of grievous bodily harm, actual bodily harm, theft of a video camera and criminal damage. Their sentencing was adjourned until June 2018 and both men received 18 months suspended prison sentences, 200 hours unpaid work and £500 victim surcharge.
On 20th of June 2018 I met you in the Mayors parlour. We spoke for over an hour about many things including the recent animal cruelty conviction of the Buckminster Estate gamekeeper and the conviction of the Belvoir Hunt employee and his son. We also spoke about the ongoing investigation of the fox which was illegally hunted killed by the Belvoir Hunt in Melton Country Park in February 2018. I found the meeting difficult, as you didn’t appear to understand that hunting foxes with hounds had been banned since the passing of the Hunting Act 2004.
You suggested in this meeting that on Boxing Day the hounds should be muzzled, as you were worried about them biting a child. This comment you later withdrew and backtracked on, as not her your on when you announced to the Grantham Journal on the 20th of July that the Belvoir Hunt were welcome to parade themselves on Boxing Day 2018, regardless of the recent convictions. You had already made up your mind at this time to wilfully ignore the debate. I wrote to you at this time, you never obliged to write back to me.
I am also aware that around this time you were invited to judge the Duke of Rutland Hounds on Wednesday 27th of June 2018. The invitation was accepted by the Mayors office and councillor Ray Wootton stepped in for you.
Councillor Ray Wooten proudly displayed his invitation on his Twitter feed, which he has (strangely) since removed.
After the secret meeting of the Grantham Charter of Trustees and councillors last week in debate of the Boxing Day invitation, councillor Ray Wooten was the first to proudly and publicly announce on his Twitter feed that the Belvoir Hunt would indeed be supported and invited into Grantham on Boxing Day 2018. His announcement was before any official statement had been released by the Mayor’s office. In fact we are still waiting for a statement from the Mayors office! Perhaps Ray is your official spokesperson?
In another statement Councillor Ian Selby stated he was happy for the hunt to come to Grantham ‘as long as nothing illegal was taking place’. Is he aware that something illegal has already taken place? He also said he does not like cruelty, but it’s a popular event and a lot of the public turn out.’ This justification is pathetic. Animal cruelty and illegal behaviour should not be celebrated, ignored or swept under the carpet because of a ‘popular event.’
Grantham Against Blood Sports will make another peaceful demonstration on Boxing Day 2018. We will be demonstrating for justice, accountability and the reputation of Grantham.
We will not forget who supported us, at the ballot box next year. I will be canvassing for those councillors who do not support illegal activities and cruelty to animals. I will be canvassing for councillors who actually represent the views of the electorate!
Please seek the truth and decide yourself if the Belvoir Hunt and its associates deserve to be welcomed into Grantham by the Mayor on Boxing Day 2018.
Councillor Coutts you had it in your grasp to change the course of history. You had it in your grasp to lead the way for animal welfare. You had it in your grasp to do something great and be remembered as the Mayor who stood up to the Belvoir Hunt’s bullying, bad behaviour and illegal activities…..But you fritted it away! That’s the real shame here.
I am utterly disappointed in you.
Katie Burris and all the members of Grantham Against Blood Sports.
I’ve seen another disturbing animal head today. This time, this was in the communal Tissington Road play area just off Kedleston Road.
I’m concerned as young children may see it.
By Irma Smith
When you’re planning for ultimate survival, it’s important to make precautions to ensure good crisis preparation. The best thing to do is to take a good quality tactical backpack and fill it with essential items that you’ll need in a crisis situation. Whether you have an outdoor trip prepared and you just want to be safe or if you want to ensure that you have a bug-out bag ready at home for an emergency situation, there are some things that are essential to remember to pack.
When you’re planning for any survival situation, it’s important to have some food with you. You’ll need to eat to keep your strength up. Do not pack anything that is perishable. If you need to keep something in the refrigerator, don’t pack it. Also avoid packing things like breads and cakes as these have a very short shelf life.
Being able to see your way in the dark is important. You should make sure that your backpack contains a flashlight and plenty of batteries. Try to choose a powerful flashlight recommended by Toolsradar.com that you could also use as a signal to attract assistance. You could also pack a whistle to give you another means of attracting attention or communicating across distances.
First Aid Kit
It’s important that you carry a well-stocked first aid kit in your crisis preparation kit. This is important not only for any injuries but also in case of illnesses. If you or anyone in your traveling party requires any medication, you should make sure that you take plenty of medication supplies with you.
Any crisis preparation kit should include some money. Whether you need to pay for emergency transport, food or any other items that you may need, you will always need to ensure that you have enough money to get you to safety in a crisis. Ideally, you should try to take no less than $100 with you for each member of your party. You should also take a pre-payment phone card with some credit on so that you can make any required phone calls.
If you take matches with you, make sure that you keep them in a waterproof container or else they will be useless when you come to need them. Matches are especially useful for making fires and creating light or heat when you need it and should be part of your crisis preparation kit.
When you’re traveling, you should make sure that you have your important documents to hand. Keep them out of sight, as these are documents that you won’t want to go missing. Your passport, photographic ID, insurance documents and other such paperwork should go everywhere with you. This will allow you to keep charge of your documents and it will mean that you’ll have the details to hand if you’re asked to prove who you are. Insurance documents are especially important so that you can get treated at hospital if you are taken ill or if you injure yourself.
Simon B Shaw at Harrowby Heating & Hardware Supplies says…
Just got back from Wales to find some kind soul has torn and ripped my new shop banner from the wall outside my shop.
Not a small banner and not cheap either, 4mts x 1.2mts and it’s now not fit for purpose.
This was an aid for me to promote my family shop and I wish you only knew how difficult it actually is to do this…
At first I did wonder how long it would be and I suppose it was only a matter of time.
Ed Leeford says…
Many people in Grantham notice their street lamps are going off at 10.30pm.
Little wonder they can’t afford to keep them on when….
Council workers’ pensions are costing every taxpayer around £500-a-year after cost of retirement scheme rocket
- Local authorities had to contribute £9.5billion in the last financial year towards pensions for two million staff, a 27% rise from 2016-17 when it was £7.4billion
- Almost a third of all money raised in council tax goes towards pensions
- A Centre for Policy Studies think-tank spokesman called it ‘unsustainable’
Your readers may have heard recently of the £240m of extra money being allocated to the social care system to ease pressure on the NHS this winter.
We now know this will mean that just over £3.3m will be made available in Lincolnshire.
While it’s important that the Government has recognised that social care underfunding lies at the heart of our hospitals’ winter pressures, the amount committed is a let-down – less than 10 per cent of what’s needed to fix the social care crisis now. The social care system is ‘not just for Christmas’ and people with dementia, as its biggest recipients, are experiencing the emotional and economic cost all year round.
To actually turn the tide for the 11,000 people with dementia in Lincolnshire we need to plug the current funding gap and offer them the chance to access the good quality social care they have a right to.
– Marie Betts, Alzheimer’s Society Services Manager for Lincolnshire