The Law of Unintended Consequences again….

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    andyrichards
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    #113733
    Lee Fearon
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    “However, Max Wind-Cowie, head of the progressive conservatism project at think-tank Demos, told PF it was ‘immoral’ for families to be under-occupying social rented housing in light of the high demand for homes”.

    Hmm. A member of progressive conservative think tank lecturing us on morality. Talk about “people in glass houses”.

    #113738
    Rob Hawes1
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    How come none of the under-occupation arguments apply when it comes to Council Tax? Scrap single person discount and let Councils use the extra cash to fund the CTB cuts.

    #113740
    Andy Simpson
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    [quote=Rob Hawes1]How come none of the under-occupation arguments apply when it comes to Council Tax? Scrap single person discount and let Councils use the extra cash to fund the CTB cuts.[/quote]

    Thanks Rob, I really appreciate your idea to slam me for more money 😉

    #113746
    Rob Hawes1
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    It was the pensioners I was really after! There strikes the law of unintended consequences again.

    There’s a pensioner in a really big house on the Mall in London that’s paid for by the taxpayer. I wonder if she’s got any spare rooms…

    #113750
    beth_daly
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    How about, scrap single person discount if there is more than 1 bed?

    #113764
    nickkeogh
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    [quote=Rob Hawes1]It was the pensioners I was really after! There strikes the law of unintended consequences again.

    There’s a pensioner in a really big house on the Mall in London that’s paid for by the taxpayer. I wonder if she’s got any spare rooms…[/quote]

    Be fair – her winter fuel allowance doesn’t stretch very far – have you seen the size of that place?

    #113765
    nickkeogh
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    [quote=Lee Fearon]”However, Max Wind-Cowie, head of the progressive conservatism project at think-tank Demos, told PF it was ‘immoral’ for families to be under-occupying social rented housing in light of the high demand for homes”.[/quote]

    Some might say Lee that the immorality is in the shortage of social housing in the first place. A lot of ex-council properties sold off in the last 30 years or so are under-occupied and certainly not by the people who originally bought them in the first place.

    #113780
    nolan1
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    [quote=beth_daly]How about, scrap single person discount if there is more than 1 bed?[/quote]

    That’s not a bed, its a table with a quilt on it…

    #113783
    Rob Hawes1
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    [quote=nolan1]

    That’s not a bed, its a table with a quilt on it…[/quote]

    It’s not, it’s an orthopaedic bed.

    #113878
    Alex G
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    Yes maybe add exceptions for carers too?

    But to get back to the point, yes that would require a lot of inspectors checking room numbers, and what “is” a room !

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