Monday, January 4, 2010

Yes this is folly

We’re picking up the bill for right-to-buy

The new system is fundamentally unfair to the taxpayer. The 1.2 million housing benefit claimants who live in privately rented accommodation receive a payment based on the median rent for an appropriate property in the area. Why are the lowest-income groups — nationally, 15 per cent of families receive some sort of housing benefits — paid to live in average properties, when surely they should be living in the cheapest homes?

Posted by confused76 @ 11:56 PM (860 views)
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2 thoughts on “Yes this is folly

  • mark wadsworth says:

    I like the Times’ headline. Selling off council houses was a bad idea at the time and this is just another reason. The irony being that a lot of people bought their council house and then moved out and are now letting it out and having the rent paid by Housing Benefit. In other words it’s the same people in the same houses at five times the cost to the taxpayer.

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  • The Times Is Full Of It. says:

    Amazing how CERTAIN narrow minded newspapers, only see the world with such tunnel vision.

    The Times complains that its picking up the bill for the housing benefit claimants. HAH!

    Try putting yourself in the shoes of someone who has been priced out for a decade.

    Were picking up the same bill for the housing benefit claimants as well.

    Yet we are also picking up the Bill, to keep those who have bought a house over the last few years, artificially inflated, and massively overvalued.

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