Report Grandmother forced to sleep on mattress in living room for 10 years due to not getting a job in House prices and the economy Posted August 30, 2019 · Edited August 30, 2019 by msi grammar 7 minutes ago, spacedin said: There may be a fair amount of workless households in social housing but being out of work doesn't get you any more priority on waiting lists. Regarding rents, it depends what part of the country we're talking about. The historical rents, i.e.- those where a secure tenancy is in place, aren't far off market rents, maybe £100-£150 off them. With the benefit system, being out of work needs to be justified, usually with some sort of ill health or kids being diagnosed with ADHD, Autism, some bizarre syndrome no-one has head of-itis, intolerances etc. If you can spread 3 kids out, then you can claim you're a 'full time parent' for 20 years. Council rents were significantly lower than private, but I'm old and talking about the days when you signed up on the list after getting married, lived with the in-laws for 5 years, then showed your wage slips to a council officer to get a house of your own. You then had time to build up the community with churches and kids activities and even had some to spare from those looking for asylum.