No job? No social housing for you, pal…

Twitter is home to a fair-sized population of stupid buggers, and this probably deserves a Most Cretinous Tweet of the Day So Far Award:-

A rule that only families with someone IN WORK could get a council home would send a much more constructive signal.

Seriously? And to whom? And since families with nobody working can’t possibly afford private sector housing, what are they supposed to do? No doubt such a policy would bring joy to the Daily Mail tendency but, out here in the real world. with real people, it would be positively criminal to implement such a policy at a time when unemployment is rising.

I’ve been in that position – both my wife and eye were unable to work due to disability/illness – and had my wife not had a substantial, retired-on-health-grounds, pension we certainly would not have been able to afford our private-sector flat.

And as I know only too well, it is all too easy to become a family where no-one is working, and through no fault of one’s own, and to penalise people further by denying them a roof over their heads is obscene, though  I suppose this dumb bastard would have had us living in a tent or, perhaps, a double-wide cardboard box.

The crux of the matter is that families – and this could just be a couple, not necessarily a couple with six kids – are the ones who actually need social housing, not always the ones in work who can, perhaps, afford the private sector.

I’d really love to know what sort of “constructive signal” the message that you’ll be homeless if at least one of you doesn’t have a job is supposed to send.

Looks pretty fucking negative and elitist to me.

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