Timmy Elsewhere


Praising child labour and why we should abolish social housing.

6 thoughts on “Timmy Elsewhere”

  1. “No, not in the sense that the feckless can simply sit their and moulder…”

    Don’t these people have subs? 🙂

  2. Turnover in social housing is lower than turnover in owner-occupied sector (the last twelve months are abnormally low).

    John Hills reckoned Table S7.

    And if you can be bothered to read the report, he also chats knowledgeably about this immobility restricting job-mobility.

  3. Tim,

    Your piece on social housing makes no allowance for the impact demographic factors such as immigration might have not only upon the availability of housing but also upon the employment market. Its sweep is too broad to render it a credible proposition.

  4. @ TW and MW – surely part of the reason why social housing turnover is so low is the massive reduction of supply in social housing post-Thatcher? (i.e. the existing stock is being run down, so it’s no wonder there’s a six-year waiting list, so it’s no wonder anyone who’s got a house will hold onto it). A fairer comparison would be between 1978 and 2008. Not sure if this data is available though…

  5. John B, I don’t think so. People are loath to leave social housing – if they haven’t got a job there’s nowhere to go; if they are offered a low-wage job somewhere far away they can’t move into social housing near where their new job is; if they do have a job they are quite happy paying below-market rents; or finally, if they do have a job and can afford to rent privately, they just sub-let their old social flat at market rent and pocket the difference.

    Hence this idea that I fleshed out for the Citizen’s Income Trust.

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