Barney Gumble wrote:
You'd also be doing away with one of the few incentives to actually get an education and a job.
You'd think from this discussion that council housing was some terrifying new idea. It isn't. It's worked for decades. We don't need to reinvent the wheel, we just need to start making the wheels like we did before.
I know people in who have lived in council housing all of their adult lives. They've worked and paid council rents all of their adult lives (or at least until they could no longer for health reasons). I don't think for a second they ever considered just giving up work and watching TV all day. Who would want that?
Entrenched joblessness has complex causes. An independent minded desire to freeload is not a significant one, IMO.
For the most part, people try to do the same thing as the people around them. This is why children of university educated people tend to go to university, why joblessness and crime propagates through generations, and it's why we must resist the temptation to lump all the jobless people together, because that gives no hope for their children.