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The Homeless
May 9, 2018

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The Homeless

May 9, 2018

Maybe I'm being cynical, even uncaring, but tonight's focus on those sleeping rough seems to miss the point- the solution it is claimed, is "to provide more affordable housing". How those living in sleeping bags in shop doorways could afford to pay ANY rent or mortgage beats me, so do they REALLY mean, build more houses so they can get one for free ? Don't get me wrong, there are undoubtedly genuine rough sleepers out there, but equally there are an equal number who choose to live (& beg ) that way. Being made homeless, usually through a family dispute, surely does not mean that person cannot find a job, even washing the pots in a restaurant is earning money, and better than begging handouts 24/7 ? I hear Finland have almost solved their problem with rough sleepers, at a cost of £200million - good luck to them, but not the way forward for the UK I reckon, that amount could surely be better spent on more deserving causes.

I accept genuine cases of hardship do occur, through loss of a home through redundancy etc, or from war veterans unable to cope with civvy street, and I agree they should get the help & support needed,  but too many others are of the "great unwashed" variety and want something for nothing - "get a wash & get a job" I say. John (JKW)

May 9, 2018

Joined: May 8, 2014
Posts: 1812
The Homeless

May 9, 2018

One of the problems on homelessness is extra 4/5 million extra people on the island of Great Britain since the 21st century raised its head . What does that do it makes the houses that used to be built by local councils needed more than ever ,we can do it as we did it after WW2 replacing the bombed houses and the baby boomers of the 40/50's. What you have now is developers who only want to do is " make money" ,in Ireland they have a similar problem (over 10k homeless in Dublin alone) and that includes 2/3k children . House rents have gone up by over 12% so far this year ,let alone the increases of last year. Yes there are scrounging people out there ,and as you say there deserving cases too,but when you consider that in some town/cities the thenheavy industries have gone ( example Birkenhead ship building 17k jobs gone) . All is okay in the smoke but what do the other 3 quarters of the country do ???  Yorkshire mining,Nottinghamshire mining ,Lancashire mining,then the fishing industry just to name a few . Unless your kid has a university degree or an I T job with prospects the living wage of £8 an hour won't get you a roof over your head with current prices of rent or a mortgage. As I've been lucky enough to travel world wide the UK or even countries in Europe are not the only ones with this problem of homelessness ,in my last visits to Vegas and Orlando beggars/ homelessness is in your face and as far as India/Goa whole families are living on the side of the road under plastic.( a living wage is a £1 aday) . What is needed is accommodation that is cheap/quick to build ,maybe we can convert shipping containers into liveable accommodation, or the large empty building. One thing though it needs a high priority and action now .

May 10, 2018

Joined: May 5, 2014
Posts: 1286
The Homeless

May 10, 2018

Prefabs solved the problem for many after WW2 - my best pal at school lived in one & it was brilliant, far better than the rented house I lived in, being more modern and warm !  They were designed to last 10 years but most were so well built they lasted at least twice that length of time. I used to deliver 'papers on my round to an estate of prefabs, neatly laid out & in great condition. With even more modern materials & efficient manufacturing methods these days, why don't the authorities build prefabs to help solve the housing shortage - they'd be cheaper to make & therefore more affordable to buy / rent ? The cynic in me says there's not as much profit for the developers & therefore no incentive for them to participate in such building programmes - maybe it's a project for the Government  to set up and take over the production, making for a vote winner AND help people get on the property ladder, far better than the Willett's proposal to GIVE everyone £10,000 on their 25th birthday !! John (JKW)  

May 10, 2018

Joined: May 8, 2014
Posts: 1812
The Homeless

May 10, 2018

John in Rochdale there is a small estate of Prefabs still being lived in by my granddaughters school and they look just as good as the Victorian terraced house in other parts of town ,even have a small garden .


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