As food and rent prices rise,
Private rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 1.8% in the 12 months to May 2017; this is unchanged from April 2017.
Inflation’s higher than that. Rent is falling in real terms.
This isn’t simply an issue of years of “benefit scrounger” narrative. It’s a symptom of the capitalist belief that a person’s contribution to society can be judged by their use in the labour market. This shuts out entire sections of society: the people who, owing to caring responsibilities, lack of opportunities or health problems, can’t earn a wage.
It’s not the capitalists who espouse the labour theory of value love, really, it’s not.