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How to get a council house

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JazzAnnNonMouse Thu 01-Aug-13 21:02:48

Who deserves it more?

Wtf what kind of country are we living in when we have to choose who deserves shelter and who should be homeless?!


racmun Thu 01-Aug-13 21:41:06

Sorry ......
London especially it's such an issue.

JazzAnnNonMouse Thu 01-Aug-13 21:43:24

Chicken - yes me too but then I remind myself that actually these are valid concerns, are the rooms tiny like many new builds, is it practicable for children etc especially as he's being forced to move. He isn't asking to move they're making him.

WetAugust Thu 01-Aug-13 21:45:44

You can try out the Tower Hamlets housing benefit calculator here

Yep - that guy does sound a bit entitled but that's straying into benefits-bashing territory and this is about housing allocation

WetAugust Thu 01-Aug-13 21:48:02

I saw a programme once where the last person left living in a tower block they wanted to redevelop kept turning down alternatives until they offered him some stonking sum (thousands) to move out.

bico Thu 01-Aug-13 21:48:03

The JSA people knew what my job title was as I had to put it on my application forms. What they couldn't do is actually understand what I did for a living. The first person I saw was helpful (never saw him again!) but did tell me that I shouldn't expect to get a job via the job centre. Fortunately I was only unemployed for 2 months but at the time of course I had no idea how long I'd be signing on for. I ended up treating it as a bit of a game - they spoke to me as if I was simple so I responded as if I was and would ask them really stupid questions grin.

chocolatespiders Thu 01-Aug-13 21:49:21

I thought he would only get a 2 bed, I have seen such awful conditions in my work. Wo3st was a 1bed flat parents in bedroom and 4 teenagers in the tiny lounge in one set of bunk beds and sofa, it was so sad. I really want to know if they have moved but to scared to find out in case they have not

WetAugust Thu 01-Aug-13 21:50:41

The ESA people know my former job title and it's one that was about 5 above them in the public sector grin. Perhaps that's why I get good service. grin

JazzAnnNonMouse Thu 01-Aug-13 21:52:05

Mans neighbour was right 'it used to work'

EeTraceyluv Thu 01-Aug-13 21:54:20

2 bathrooms!!!!

WetAugust Thu 01-Aug-13 21:55:15

But the numbers have changed. The numbers wanting housing have increased enormously through immigration whereas the housing available has not kept up with the pace.

expatinscotland Thu 01-Aug-13 21:55:19

This gal is picky as hell. That flat is gorgeous!

EeTraceyluv Thu 01-Aug-13 21:55:44

Sorry I may be out of order but she is really pissing me off!!

chocolatespiders Thu 01-Aug-13 21:56:12

They could have built another flat in that kitchen and housed 2 families

WetAugust Thu 01-Aug-13 21:56:22

She's refusing the house because it has no parking - in London!

There should be a limit on the number you can turn down as this woman is simply wasting everyone's time. That would focus her mind.

GibberTheMonkey Thu 01-Aug-13 21:56:32

One of the problem with hb and private rental is there are so very few houses that the amount you get for hb would cover and then some of them would refuse people claiming hb so you are left with people living in hovels as it's all they can afford (especially with moving costs and never knowing when you'll have to move on). Then of course they get put in the pigeonhole as housed and it looks like the amount of hb that is allocated is enough when it really isn't in the private market.

EeTraceyluv Thu 01-Aug-13 21:57:02

Exactly angry

racmun Thu 01-Aug-13 21:57:41

FFS she can't get a parking space in central London and she's going to decline a lovely half million pound flat!!

I'm sorry but she can't be that bothered about being overcrowded- didn't she say earlier she doesn't even have a car!

EeTraceyluv Thu 01-Aug-13 21:57:47

That was to wetaugust btw

bico Thu 01-Aug-13 21:58:05

That is so unfair. I don't understand why some get offered a flat complete with 'gifted' appliances and that poor man doesn't even get the cost of a tin of paint.

bico Thu 01-Aug-13 21:59:57

Good to see they have changed their policy on refusals.

girliefriend Thu 01-Aug-13 21:59:58

He wants it decorated as well?!

At least he has taken it, I am on the bottom of the waiting list for a 2 bed council house. We are in a council flat at the moment but would love somewhere with a garden.

bico Thu 01-Aug-13 22:01:54

I think he should be entitled to a decorated flat or the funding to get it done. It isn't his fault that the home he has had for 30 years is being demolished confused.

expatinscotland Thu 01-Aug-13 22:04:01

They should at least clear all that shit out of that house.

WetAugust Thu 01-Aug-13 22:04:41

What's surprising me is that they're nor prepared to make any investment in it themselves. Even when I was a tenant I would pay for my own decorations and some minor home improvements. These just expect everything to be funded.

This is unfortunately a sense of entitlement nowadays in some people that I never came across when we lived in social housing as a child or when I rented privately. I wonder why and when this changed for the worse?

girliefriend Thu 01-Aug-13 22:05:08

When I got my flat it was bare but magnolia on every wall, I had to carpet it myself though.

Normally councils give grants to help decorate I thought but maybe that something else thats been 'cut'

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