Interesting thoughts on us (The under-class). With someone actually having the nuts to say what the private owners & MP’s are thinking!
“as council housing provision virtually disappeared, the ambition – and the belief in the possibility – to meet housing need disappeared off the agenda. With this narrowing scope, housing policy has instead shone the spotlight on the lifestyles, behaviour and competing neediness of tenants””Once upon a time, the local authority or housing association provided you with a home and, aside from taking rent and patching up the building fabric, it left you in peace. No longer. Over recent years, housing policy has become a vehicle for a range of nannying and/or illiberal interventions into tenants’ lives. Endless panics about increasing anti-social behaviour have found expression in draconian behaviour management initiatives in social housing, from curfews to Asbos”.
“Modern housing associations even boast about an increasing colonisation of their tenants’ lives way beyond the core mission of providing housing. Behavioural change is now a stated aim of many social housing schemes. While providing precious few houses, social housing providers now offer financial support service, skills training and employability initiatives, literacy schemes, local social enterprises that help people find work, self esteem and confidence-building workshops”. (ALL AIMED AT UNDERPINNING THE MYTH THAT SOCIAL HOUSING IS FOR THE UNDER-CLASS, SOCIALLY, FINANCIALLY & MENTALLY INFERIOR!)
NOW DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHY WE NEED TO STOP THIS PUSH INTO BEING SECOND CLASS & IN NEED OF “NANNYING”???
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