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The fairness code

My constituents believe in a tough-minded fairness code, applying to both work and welfare

By John Denham   June 2004

Sarah’s front room, in the Weston area of Southampton, is crowded with friends and neighbours. They are at the end of their tether over the behaviour of a nuisance neighbour. These are not selfish or uncaring people. Indeed, some of them have shown great generosity in dealing with their drug-addicted, alcoholic neighbour. They have given money, fed and clothed her children, and lent furniture when she burned her own. Now they feel there is no one on their side.

“We phoned the NSPCC, the social services, the school – all the time we’ve tried to get support for her. But…

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