Angela Frayne
Angela Frayne

dictatorship! its like going back in history we treated like peasants! people

got to stick together.

Dawn Crouch
Dawn Crouch

I have lived in my 3 bedroomed council house for eleven years. It is the longest I have ever lived anywhere. I was fostered as a child due to the death of my father and the mental health of my mother. I lived in various bedsits as a teenager (one with half a toilet and no bathroom or hot water). As a young adult with one child I lived in a private flat owned by a notorious landlord. When I got my first council flat I was very grateful and relieved that my young daughter and I had...

I have lived in my 3 bedroomed council house for eleven years. It is the longest I have ever lived anywhere. I was fostered as a child due to the death of my father and the mental health of my mother. I lived in various bedsits as a teenager (one with half a toilet and no bathroom or hot water). As a young adult with one child I lived in a private flat owned by a notorious landlord. When I got my first council flat I was very grateful and relieved that my young daughter and I had somewhere safe to live.
No one is just handed a council house. One has to go through the local authority's system.This takes a long time and involves many factors such as the increasing size of one's family and any existing health or social factors. I eventually moved into a two bedroomed house. There is also the council's home exchange system.
This was something I took advantage of to move from the two bedroomed house into a three bedroomed property when my son was a baby.
I gave up the three bedroomed house to work for my local council as a sheltered scheme manager, a position that required me and my family to live on site. I only gave up the house on the understanding that if my job changed or I was made redundant, then I would be re-housed. My family and I lived on site for four years, until my employers started to do away with on site staff. I then had to fight the council to get them to honour the original terms of my contract.
The property I was offered was in an appalling condition and had been abandoned by the previous tenants and was infested with rats.
I had to accept it otherwise the council would have refused to offer me another place.
It has taken me all of the eleven years I have been here to get the house up to a decent condition. I have spent a lot of money and time making it into a home.
My husband and I were going to buy the house a few years back but he suffered a pulmonary embolism that nearly killed him, and has since been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and a blood disorder. As a result he had to come out of work. I became the main wage earner for the next few years until I suffered catastrophic health problems following routine surgery that left me disabled. I subsequently was medically retired from work. Neither me nor my husband earned enough in our working lives to have a private pension. Our income is from benefits and we receive full housing benefit and council tax benefit.
My daughter moved out of the house when both myself and my husband were working. Our son suffers with type 1 diabetes. It is a constant struggle now to make ends meet and I am very worried for the future. We do not want to give up our home, and having lived in council flats, we do not wish to go back to one.
Surely this bedroom tax is illegal and a punitive strike against the poor and ill. But, don't forget, as David Cameron says," We are all in this together". I am sure he isn't.

Gillian Holland
Gillian Holland

The trouble with this present govenment they open their mouths with stupid ideas without first, engaging their brains. I have 1 spare bedroom, and that is already booked for when my family visit.

Shelley Cooper
Shelley Cooper

This government are robbing the nation at every turn. The council here have refused to down size a family because of the shortage of house

Kevin Hayden
Kevin Hayden

Lets make a stand against this "posh boy" who dosent even know the price of a bottle of milk, we didn't vote them in so, why is he there?

Patsy Thomas
Patsy Thomas

What is wrong with this government? People wake up, open your eyes and see what they are doing to us. This government is draining the country. Is this a way of killing off some of the population? cause that's what they're doing.

Janette Griffiths
Janette Griffiths

MORE PRESSURE TO AN ALREADY VERY STRETCHED BUDGET,! FAMILY LIFE, WORK LIFE BALANCE WHAT A JOKE.

Matt Beattie
Matt Beattie

And this comes from a Government in which every cabinet member has more than one home?

There are hundreds of thousands of empty Warehouses and millions of empty Houses all across England alone.

This is ridiculous.

Joe Topping
Joe Topping

Well if they implement something here like that, I sell and move into a cardboard box on parliament hill and use their sinks in their wash rooms to wash my butt before and after work daily.

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