One move mentioned as likely in this weeks budget is to make people pay more for social housing if their household income is above £30,000 (this can be quite a modest sum, especially if a joint income)
It’s a nasty and problematic idea for many reasons, as well as being anti-aspirational, and thus two faced.
But perhaps most telling and insidious is the lie that paying less than market rates for social housing implies a “subsidy”, and the way such a carefully calibrated lie is spooned out as truth by “journalists” even in “serious” quarters of the press.
By law, social housing has to be priced at 80% of market rates. The idea now is to squeeze the extra 20% out of people, even though the rents more than pay for the housing itself. There is no subsidy. To say there is a subsidy is a deliberate propaganda lie.
This false “subsidy” notion can only be rooted in an ideology that any commodity not subject to profiteering is, de facto, subsidised, even if it’s a commodity, such as shelter, essential to a reasonable human existence.
It’s an ideology borne of generations of fundamentalism, now hard wired into the public mindset to the extent that such lies as this “subsidy” notion come in for zero scrutiny.
So despite lack of private profit not equating with “subsidy”, the likes of the BBC and Independent repeat this nonsense – nonsense that a moderately astute child could detect, but that high end “journalists” can’t quite manage to.
Speaking of subsidies though, the House of Commons Tearooms offer prime smoked Scottish salmon with capers & fresh dill and fresh country bread for £2.75.
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/requ…Tea Room Lunch Dinner Tariff Sept 10.pdf.html
Ok, maybe that’s the actual cost price including staff wages and overheads, but somehow I doubt it.
Banking criminals and their agents in “government” are genuinelly and massively subsidised, from their tearooms to the trillions in bailouts and quantitative easing.
Working people are not subsidised just for living in social housing. The government and media are lying about them.