Rents for social housing have gone up over the years in the UK and have been subsidised first with rent rebates and then that was changed to housing benefit. They went so high that workers couldn’t afford them.
The town that I live in used to be run by the town clerk from the town hall. Now we have a new civic centre, miles away; they didn’t even put it in a central location. Social Housing used to be council housing and people paid rent that included rates, water rates and sewage.
Do you remember hand carts? People used to sell flowers from hand carts years ago. They often grew the flowers in their gardens and they made a living out of selling them.
Social structure is often divided into three strata, upper class, middle class and working class. Otherwise known as the rich, the middle income group and the poor. These different classes are often sub-divided. The rich can be aristocrats, those who inherited wealth or the capitalists who invest and have great wealth and power.
I’ve used my ‘driving in the rain’ picture to begin today’s blog. We have had a bit of sky juice this year. It makes you wonder if we should build an ark or whether we’ve done something to deserve it.
In Britain your post code; where you live, tends to determine a lot of things. How you are viewed by society in general and by public servants in particular. It tends to determine whether you get a good education, good health care, a decent job and equal opportunities in life. It also determines the way you speak and the way you behave. It can even determine whether you are polite or not! (more…)