Very sensible idea

Mr Duncan Smith, the MP for Lord Tebbit’s former parliamentary seat of Chingford, disclosed that ministers were drawing up plans to encourage jobless people living in council houses to move out of unemployment black spots to homes in other areas, perhaps hundreds of miles away.

The former Conservative Party leader said millions of people were “trapped in estates where there is no work” and could not move because they would lose their accommodation.

The proposed scheme would allow them to go to the top of the housing list in another area rather than lose their right to a home if they moved.

Quite how well it will work is another thing, but the underlying thought is eminently sensible.

There\’s any amount of research which shows that having too high a level of home ownership produces a higher unemployment rate. For it means that the labour force is less mobile: it takes time and effort to sell onoe house and buy another,. Renting is much more flexible.

However, the response to such research is often: therefore we must have more social housing. But social housing is even less flexible than home ownership. It\’s near impossible to get high up the lists in an area when or if you move there anew.

So, making access to the social housing list portable ought to reduce that unemployment level.

5 thoughts on “Very sensible idea”

  1. Brian, follower of Deornoth

    So workers moving can join all the other people at “the top of the waiting list”.

    If everyone has priority, nobody has priority.

  2. “If everyone has priority, nobody has priority.”

    I think you’ve rumbled Easyjet’s priority boarding scam.

  3. I don’t object to anything which makes it easier to bring together workers, and job vacancies. But just piling more and more people into the Home Counties isn’t a great idea. So offering tax breaks for businesses to start-up and/or relocate to areas of high unemployment should also be considered.

    With regard to the near hysterical response of Ed Balls on TV this morning, I would say that some benefits claimants should be turfed out of their houses. People living in large family council houses after their kids have grown and left home, should be turfed out and given smaller alternatives. Same for people living in luxury villas in Kensington. The housing benefit limit of £20K a year is still far too high. There are taxpayers who don’t make that much before stoppages. They are wondering why they should subsidise someone else to have what they can’t have.
    It should be halved.

    Take an axe to the benefits system, and people will review their priorities accordingly.

  4. Tim,

    There’s another espression that could be used to summarise this policy – ‘Get off my land!’

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