Sunday, August 15, 2010
“My children have no chance of ever getting on the housing ladder”
Campaigners and experts point to government figures that show 44% of all privately rented homes are classified as "non-decent" â€“ a far higher level than for owner-occupied houses (32%) and social rented homes (26%). They also highlight the plight of the "in-betweens" â€“ low-paid workers unlikely to be offered council housing but with little chance of buying a home. Terry works as a printer at an architect's company and rents with his wife Teresa and 21-year-old son Joshua in north London. "The culture in this country has been bent on home ownership â€“ if you fail to get there you are seen as 'outside the box'. My children have no chance of ever getting on the housing ladder," he says angrily. He warns of "social unrest" if the government does not urgently tackle the issue.