A lot of the debate, to my mind, over the last few months is about the State’s inability to provide adequate social housing to long-term unemployed.
Very little discussion appears to be around providing the the working poor with ‘free’ housing, though they also cannot afford housing and arguably contribute more to society through working and not relying entirely on benefits. Often they would actually be better off not working but choose to work. For them, the discussion is more about how we can give them a first-time buyers grant or similar.
The hierarchy for social housing appears to be
-long-term unemployed and homeless
-long-term unemployed, with children
-long-term unemployed, no children
-working poor, with children
-working poor, no children
-everyone else doesn’t qualify for social housing