What else could this story be about?
A day in court showed me the misery of Britain’s housing policy
Inhabiting, as she does, a vast South London Georgian, what with the country estate in Umbria, it is only right that now the children are grown and out of the family home that she should be jugged for her gross overconsumption of that limited resource, housing.
So, well done to the law there then.
Hmm, what? Yes, OK, joyous thought that would be, the reality is rather funnier:
Failing to claim, along with benefit delays and errors, lay at the heart of almost every case that day. That’s usual, says the solicitor. These are not scroungers, not the ones TV’s Benefits Street seeks out, but those who fall into debt through not claiming, out of ignorance or pride.
So, the actual problem is not that the State is not generous enough, that the poor have no welfare state to fall back upon. It’s that some do not fall back upon what is available, and the State is incompetent to boot.
Not exactly an argument for more State, is it?