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My home city of Norwich gets nominated for it's new council housing development (5th photo down).
Apparently it's one of the biggest Passivhaus developments in Europe.
If I was still on the housing register then I would have placed bids on the flats in this development. They were let on the condition of a 'sensitive let' which meant that the Housing Officers would be a bit more choosy about who gets to be a tenant.
By Frank Hovis
Family of six in Cornwall; evicted by their landlord because he wanted to sell.
The story is below but I heard them interviewed and are what I would call decent working class: not whiney or entitled, not rough, not even embittered which is surprising given their experience of the last year.
One week in a holiday flat (in winter) then moved at three hours' notice forty miles away to a Travelodge where the only cooking device they are allowed in their room is a kettle, and so on for a year. Their kids may as well give up their education now as it's a new school each month.
This is just the kind of family for whom social housing was designed but pretty much all the big family homes - four bed or more - have been bought for a pittance under right to buy and, as there is no government incentive for councils to build four beds, they aren't doing so because the low differential in LHA means that they are far less financially viable to build than two and three beds.
There will be loads of families around the country in this state; this family just happens to have gone to the press.
The welfare system still isn't helping the people that it should. You have a family who could be an asset to the community if they were provided with a stable home that is being turned into shiftless, rootless benefits scroungers.
Maybe they should become muslims and move to Kensington.
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