Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Frothy frothy

Islington council houses family on benefits in £1.8 MILLION property

Anger as cash-strapped council house family on benefits moved into £1.8 MILLION property... with access to private basketball court. If rented privately the council-owned property could earn around £2,000 a week but when the family move in they will be paying less than £1,000 a month. The Indian couple, believed to be in their 30s, with four children and another on the way, are said to be amazed by their luck. One neighbour, Kelly Gladwell, 40, said: 'It's disgusting. The council should sell it off privately and build several homes for people who really need them.' Another resident, Dolores Murphy, 63, added: 'We were all surprised the council was giving a family the whole house. I have four daughters, all born in Islington, who had to move out of London to afford rent. It's so unfair.'

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8 thoughts on “Frothy frothy

  • “It’s so unfair”.

    Why not move people on benefits out of Central London? Maybe use the properties to house Fire, Police and Ambulance staff who work in Central London but can’t afford the prices?

    The government knows what is right…but how to do it and then get re-elected…that’s the problem!!

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  • Compulsory sterlisation after the third child or no benefits.

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  • Who allocated the house to that family? What were the reasons given to justify the decision? How can it be done with Housing Benefit due to be capped? Are we allowed that information? Wouldn’t it be interesting to hear an interview with the housing officer responsible.

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  • nomad,

    If I understand the article correctly, the family aren’t in receipt of housing benefit – at least one of them is working, albeit on a low income. This house is a council house. The council are letting it at a significantly below market rent, as all councils do with their housing stock.

    What’s not clear is how Islington Borough Council came into possession of a £1.8m townhouse and why on earth they thought that this was the best use of the property. They are short-changing themselves out of £92,000 a year, money which could pay for more teachers / nurses / council tax cuts (delete according to political prejudice). And that’s just this one house – lord knows how many more there must be across the borough and across London.

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  • In the end who decides that this family is deserving of a £1.8m Islington town house – and how is it cost effective even for a family of five to house them there?

    But that’s the problem with the allocation of social housing – some bureaucrat decides. Why not just hold a public lottery of all residents of Islington – whoever wins gets the house for £200 a week,

    PS If this family is on a low income they will get housing benefit!

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  • And a ‘hard working pensioner widow in a mansion’ who is also on state benefits (pension) who would be encouraged to take a fat unearned capital gain and downsize if we had a land tax gets all the sympathy in the world…

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  • mombers – amen!

    I have the LVT bug too. It lifts the veil from the eyes doesn’t it! I am ashamed to think there was a time when I wouldn’t have realised the incredible stupidity and contradiction of hte article.

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    What Alan says, what Drewster says, what Mombers says.

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