Saturday, Apr 07, 2012


The Guardian: Ending housing benefit for under-25s? A policy with more holes than a sieve

I think it was about ten years ago that I heard about the scam of disowning children/early adults in order for them to qualify for social housing.
IMO government panic stations, no money to pay and no housing available. I think though that as a lot of people probably now realise, that if you can't get social housing with a family, then you have no chance as a single person without children, and that the effort of staying out of the workforce long enough to get subsidised housing is no longer worth it, so possibly more support for this than would be recognised. Guardian screams about people without family or backup but I am sure this is for people with family and alternative accomodation.

Posted by stillthinking @ 02:19 PM (2686 views) Add Comment


1. mark wadsworth said...

Just build more suitable accommodation for young, single adults. These blocks of studio flats they knock up for students can't possibly cost more than £30k per unit, even if people only pay £30 a week rent, the council will have covered its costs.

Saturday, April 7, 2012 02:38PM Report Comment

2. khards said...

Better idea, just provide a range of suitable housing for everyone.

Honestly! This country is really stuck in the past and resists change at every opportunity (see planning regulation for more information).

The world is a constantly changing place, you need to change with it or face extinction. The UK is following the extinction route.

Saturday, April 7, 2012 06:18PM Report Comment

3. mr g said...

“The world is a constantly changing place, you need to change with it or face extinction. The UK is following the extinction route.”

Housing has nothing to do with it, this country is already as good as extinct in the modern world thanks to decades of corrupt governance by politicians of all hues, the destruction of manufacturing and a cr*p education system that excels in producing wannabee celebs and nail technicians.

Hardly the base for competing in the 21st century world is it?

Saturday, April 7, 2012 09:35PM Report Comment

4. paul said...

Indeed Mark.

It seems no-one is interested in actually solving the problem by fulfilling the interests of the victims (under 25s), but more interested in *first* meeting the needs of various business interests vying to solve the problem for a fat fee.

That's why this initiative is doomed too - no consideration of how the solution affects the people for who the government is trying to solve a problem.

Saturday, April 7, 2012 11:07PM Report Comment

5. fubar said...

Just discussing this with the OH. It feels like we've accidentally created a country where everyone feels they don't belong. Not just immigrants, all of us. Alienated from ourselves, each other and our country. Feel the darkness pressing in all around now.

Saturday, April 7, 2012 11:22PM Report Comment

6. markj69 str05 said...

Wow fubar, deep man.

For what it's worth, I believe any politician making policies that affect future generations should be subject to penalties that also reach into the future. Might eliminate short term profiteering. I don't see Blare, Brown, or too bankers suffering like ths rest of the country!

Sunday, April 8, 2012 02:03AM Report Comment

7. Striebs said...

Obviously there is a housing shortage and accomodation costs are outlandish .

If a farmer allowed their sheep to breed like hell and kept allowing other farms to dump their sicklings on them them pretty soon the flock would be scrawny and it's behaviour would change .

This proposal is also an innevitable conclusion of 40 years of telling people they can do what they want and the state will pay for them .

The Govt has failed to get the message accross that the country is flat broke .

More importantly , the Govt has failed to do anything (like reduce the cost of accomodation) to turn the situation around .

Sunday, April 8, 2012 11:22AM Report Comment

8. tick tock said...


As deep as it is depressing, but very true indeed.

Dark days ahead for all of us.

Sunday, April 8, 2012 12:21PM Report Comment

9. i remember the 90`s said...

I take this at removing the incentive career choice of 16 year old girls getting pregnant and then getting their own place on benefits.good move imo as i have seen plenty of this where i live .

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 09:33AM Report Comment

10. Fubar said...

@8 Yes, because 16 year girls getting pregnant are the architects of the crisis.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 08:49PM Report Comment

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