Michael - I fully understand the position of social housing tenants who have lived in the family home for a long time. I was in that position myself, because I grew up in social housing and my mother lived in the same home for 53 years, from new. Absolutely I understand the attachment.
But when comparing the needs of families who are living in unaffordable, substandard or overcrowded accommodation with the needs of families who have been living very comfortably for a long time and are hanging on to their oversized accommodation purely out of a sense of personal attachment to it, then I have to say that the outcome should be obvious.
I don't believe the discussion was about the quality of the special housing that has been built for the elderly, was it? The discussion is about whether it is right for people to be living in oversized social housing that they don't actually need when there are others in desperate need of such housing.