Friday, May 16, 2008

Social housing

Headlines scream, '1 million more on housing waiting list' but how do our figures compare to Europe?

How much 'council housing' is there here? Apart from, clearly, not enough.

And in Germany or France or Spain? Is it such a disaster to live in social housing? It used to be a respectable part of the housing stock until Thatcher and following governments decided to institute the 'right to buy' and helped to turn the less desirable council estates into something like sinks for the poverty-stricken, the feckless and the hopeless.

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