Freeloaders are given free council homes and get their rents paid by Housing benefit. This money does not come from nowhere the Government gives it to councils from money they get from the working tax payers – thus those who work and pay for a mortgage also subsidise free housing for council house freeloaders.
To make the situation worse most crimes like graffiti etc are done by those from council homes thus taxpayers have to pay more in council tax. Those not working in council housing get council tax for free.
In my opinion commiting a crime should exempt you from being able to get a council home. You can always get a place in a shared house or bedsit.
The welfare system at present rewards rich landlords who have unemployed tennents as they get their mortgages paid directly plus profit from the rent money local councils pay.
We need to encourage those who rent to seek work. The only way the syetem can do this is to reduce the amount of welfare it gives to those who rent. Those of us with mortgages only get our mortgage interest paid so why should those who rent get much more money than we do? Especially when many have never worked or paid taxes! I get 80 pounds per month mortgage interest piad and then have to pay my mortgage balance out of my JSA. Those who rent at the moment get to keep their full JSA. Those who rent are getting more than £170 a week for not working plus many of them do cash in the hand jobs.
I suggest JSA should be a maximum of £50 a week for those getting their rents paid.