The problem with welfare is that the bulk of the cost is made up of housing benefit - which has spiraled out of control due to high rent by private landlords and a lack of council houses.|
If we had a good stock of social housing - both inner-city and in the suburbs - the government could save a lot of money instead of having to pay private landlords exorbitant rents to keep their tenants. This would lead to huge savings on welfare - potentially billions a year. Promises to improve the amount of housing have been made for years, but so far have amounted to very little. And I may be wrong, but all the promises to incentivise massive home-building projects has come with no indication as to how much of those new homes will be used for council housing.
Edited by darkmorgado at 22:45:45 11-10-2012
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