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How to get a council house - definition of entitled?

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Notcontent Wed 30-Apr-14 21:39:06

Just watching that show on channel four. Yes, I know, I shouldn't watch it but need some rubbish tv. Anyway, that woman Marilyn - really, why would she go on tv when she is obviously being so unreasonable. She has been offered a place to live but nothing is good enough for her. I know she is not representative of most people but in a minority. But annoying nonetheless.

I was buying a place a while ago. I quickly realised I couldn't afford the perfect house in the perfect location. So I ended up buing a really shitty house that ticked a few boxes because that's all I could afford. And I am very grateful.

LEMmingaround Wed 30-Apr-14 21:42:10

biscuit FFS - you know these programs are highly edited don't you! I am pleased for you that you have managed to buy a shitty house that ticked a few boxes, that is alot more than many can afford.

Nerf Wed 30-Apr-14 21:44:44

Actually I'm not sure what they could have cut out that would have redeemed Marilyn. I feel for Steve though, and the man trying to leave home. There should be more social housing, it's disgraceful.

racmun Wed 30-Apr-14 21:45:29

I agree notcontent. It may be edited but these events have occurred these people do exsist.

The people who have 6 daughters then moan about being overcrowded!! Why keep on having children??????

rinabean Wed 30-Apr-14 21:45:33

It absolutely doesn't count that you watched a show that exploits people who don't know what they're in for to whip up hatred - because you knew it was wrong and you shouldn't have! Congratulations! You are a superior human being. Please, give us all your wisdom and we will worship at your feet. I really admire you for the things you've shared, like how you're able to afford to buy a house, which makes you better than others, and not only that you are wise and humble and grateful about it. I think they'll make you a saint one day. It's an honour to have read your post and YANBU at all.

JackyDanny Wed 30-Apr-14 21:46:48

Rina grin

PlentyOfPubeGardens Wed 30-Apr-14 21:47:22

And now you own an asset that will, with a bit of luck, increase in value, leaving you better off and able to climb the next rung to something that ticks a few more of your boxes. So cheer up and stop poking poor people smile

Notcontent Wed 30-Apr-14 21:47:27

I really, really feel sorry for Steve. No one should be truly homeless - ie living on the street.

chocolatespiders Wed 30-Apr-14 21:48:25

Loved how pleased the young couple were with the temp one bedroom flat smile

JackyDanny Wed 30-Apr-14 21:49:00

Sadly, they are. And it decreases your life expectancy by 25 years. Homelessness is a death sentence

Bigglesfliesundone Wed 30-Apr-14 21:51:07

I think it's a bit wrong that they make three people view the property at the same time. Like offering sweets to three and then taking them away from two of them. Can't they stagger the viewings?

Nerf Wed 30-Apr-14 21:52:16

I totally feel for Steve. I wonder if Marilyn has mental health issues?

Notcontent Wed 30-Apr-14 21:52:32

Actually, Rina, you have no idea what my circumstances are. I am a lone parent and you really wouldn't want to live in my house - it's horrible and damp. The only reason why I bought it is because the mortgage repayments are less than if I had tried to rent privately.

What I am saying is that we all want a really nice place to live - but most of us can't get that.

Roshbegosh Wed 30-Apr-14 21:54:17

Sharif and girlfriend not working and choose to have a baby and then they believe they deserve the nice flat they ended up with. They were lucky.
Marilyn must have mental health problems and then the family feeling sorry for themselves for being moved to Kent with cartloads of children and the eldest daughter with a baby, no one ever cleans the house though. All so entitled and none of them get off their arses and go out to work, and they have babies without a care.
I do agree there should be more social housing but some of these people are feckless.

Notcontent Wed 30-Apr-14 21:54:40

Nerf - you may be right - she isn't really making sense. In which case she shouldn't have been filmed.

Joules68 Wed 30-Apr-14 21:55:24

Marilyn has only herself to blame. What did she want?

Nerf Wed 30-Apr-14 21:55:44

Yes I agree, I am also horrified at Steve being filmed while drinking.

Roshbegosh Wed 30-Apr-14 21:58:40

rina wtf are you so nasty for? At least the OP is trying her best and she makes a valid point, life is hard and you have to compromise.

BillyBanter Wed 30-Apr-14 21:59:42

So very very many programmes on the tv just now about people on benefits, people getting council houses etc.

I wonder why.

candycoatedwaterdrops Wed 30-Apr-14 21:59:58

Steve seems vulnerable, I was very shock and sad to see him knocking his meds back with a glass of wine.

Pipbin Wed 30-Apr-14 22:00:29

I think it is worth understanding that programs like this are very cleverly edited. And that doesn't just mean what they cut out. It's the music they use and the shots they chose. For example when Steve, the reformed alcoholic was moving they showed a shot of a box of wine glasses. We also saw him drinking from a wine glass. There was no indication that he was actually drinking wine.
When they looked round Marilyn's flat they showed her iPad on her bed.

They insinuate things that they cannot say.

expatinscotland Wed 30-Apr-14 22:00:37

Julie, a two bed house with a garden in London. Sure.

Nerf Wed 30-Apr-14 22:01:15

But Steve has said he's drinking again.

PlentyOfPubeGardens Wed 30-Apr-14 22:01:15

Why did you buy a damp property? That's not a great investment whatever your budget unless you can afford to have a lot of work done. Did you not take any advice? Sounds a bit feckless to me.

ifyourehoppyandyouknowit Wed 30-Apr-14 22:01:16

The disgust thing about that program was the market rents on the propertys. Obscene.

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