Kass- well said (mostly)
anon @ 3:01. Muy comment about DV was partially made tounge in cheek. I, along with numerous others, could cite cases where customers have presented themselves as "homeless" because they knew thaty woudl be classed as priority needs, and be offered a tenancy in an area they wanted/needed to move into.
This is a sad inditement of the current housing system we are forced to operate within ie. where we are forced to use "need" as a basis for a basic human rught because of the ridiculous shortage of affordable homes
Ask yourself - why are there such large waiting lsits in every local authority area in the country. It is because people like to join a queue, or is it because there is a genuaine shortage of decent, affordable hoems in the country
Finally - to the proponenets of private rent - why else is the HB bill so high when landlords in a mostly unregulated sector can charge what they want? Reaserch in a number of LA areas indicate that a number of PR properties fail the "decent homes" test, people can be evicted because the landlord has not paid the mortgage..
Social housing may not be perfect, but it is preferable to have a RSL/ALMO/LA as your landlord