3 thoughts on “Hrudolfensis’ Opinions On… The British Welfare Reforms

  1. What this reform is meant to do is put people into size appropriate social housing. As it only effects social housing, it won’t effect “Davy boy”, as he’s rich enough to afford to own his own property.

    It is meant to take people out of houses that are too large for them, like my grandparents who live alone in a three bedroom house and give those houses to people who need them, like my friends the Frakes, all five of whom live in a two bedroom house. With absurdities like these, how is the current system fair? Even if you don’t like the reform, compared to how bad things are now, you must admit it’s worth a try.

    You do bring up a very good point about the availability of houses of differing sizes in different areas. If moving would force something on someone like: leaving there job (especially in the current economic climes), losing the ability to see there child(ren) as long as there custody agreement grants, losing vital social health care (a Nurse who makes house calls). Obviously in those situations you don’t want to move them.

    But in other situations, why not. You argue the technicality of spare vs surplus, like TG argued for his twin sisters room. The difference is your brother is a big lad, he can take care of himself to a degree. I know he suffers from his own problems, but lets face it, if he want’s to stay at Uni he’s going to have to move out of halls and get a place to live sooner or later, whether with mates or not. My point is, he’s getting to the point where he’s going to have to take care of himself completely, so does he need his own room? Can’t he just visit for the day or stop off at a B&B? Are these things too much to ask of an independent reasonable adult?

    Doing this would save you money. You can move because neither of your parents work, so nothing is holding you down. I know you work and attend College but your young enough that you could find another job so anywhere in the local area surrounding Peterborough would do and then you would be freeing your house up to a family who needs it. Remember someone had to give it up for you to move in….


    1. You are wrong on one point. It does effect people who own there own houses. We own our own house however we are all on benefits. My mother is getting here benefits cut because with have the spare room.

      Your also forgetting that my brother is so neurotic and is on self harm watch he has been given permission to stay in halls throughout his university life. Benefits office only looks at the one thing rather that evaluating the whole situation.

      Also you do know that youth is no longer a good point when trying to find a job. Last summer I tried to get employed at 20 (aprox) and every single one turned me down because of lack of experience. Jobs are so scarce at the moment a phd level graduate is looking for part time work stacking boxes in tesco. If they can have that why would they want to hire me.

      What you’ve got to remember is you’ve been one of the lucky few. You managed to get a job after stepping out of collage. Both your parents are employed and you’re employed.

      As the leprechaun said to the short sighted rambler “Look out for the little people”.


  2. I just want to say, not everyone moves house because they have to, as some move because they choose to. You don’t HAVE to give up your home for someone else to be able to live there. Some just want a new place to call home, and to me, there’s a big difference between me leaving here against my will, and the people who were here before me, who wanted to move to a different town for a change of scene.


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