This post may over-simplify a complicated set of circumstances around social housing, so let me assure readers that I would not seek to see anyone victimised by changes to the system - indeed I think some of the language of the coalition sounds a little harsher than it needs to.
I do not understand however WHY it is wrong to say that people who are claiming support under social housing schemes may have to move out of central London and in to greater London and the Home Counties.
I work many long hard hours to pay my bills, my housing costs and living expenses, and though I am far from poor, I cannot afford to live in the City of Westminster despite having been born there, and working in Parliament.
I am very fortunate to earn way above the average wage (in the UK) but there is absolutely no way I could live bang in the middle of London and maintain any standard of living, and so I live in Hertfordshire and commute in. I don't think there is anything wrong in me having to do this when I work dam hard to make a living, and so I also don't think it's wrong to say to unemployed people, or lower earners, YES we'll absolutely help you, but you don't need to live in SW1 EITHER! You can instead live in Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, Stanmore, Barkinside etc and commute in like many hundreds of thousands of people have to do in London on a daily basis.
You know, it's very credibly suggested that the level of social housing in inner-city areas artificially push up the rental value and therefore property values, thereby preventing hard workers from living anywhere near their work place.
Society, and the state if you like has an absolute duty to look after those who cannot look after themselves, but lets not be silly about it eh!
Two final thoughts on the social housing issue, I think that social housing rates should be more like 50% of market prices, but the system currently allows too many better off people to qualify for social housing, and remain in properties long after their need has ended, and I think we should look at this for ALL social housing tenants, not just new ones.
Ok, so abuse me!
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