Originally Posted by zom
Originally Posted by Gabrielle2010
I don't mean to tar all welfare receipients with one brush ...
I saw recently new social housing open in Dublin 6 and pretty decent families got it (good looking couples + kids, good clobber, gadgets, language and behaviour, two cars etc..).
I said I'm not painting everyone with the same brush. I was on welfare when i was unemployed. You didn't read the rest of what I said or misinterpreted what I said/ took it out of context. Do you think the system is fair that a middle income family can only afford to live in a crumy apartment, have 1 decent car and the other is a banger trying to get a morgate to live somewhere half decent. I have to tell my son no he can't have a garden because we came currently to rent a house. We can't own a dog which we've wanted to for years. We can't plan our second child because we don't have the space and can't afford a bigger place. We live in Stepaside but will probably only get a home in Wicklow, Meath or Kildare- if our morgate approval goes ahead, especially given that I'm on contract. We don't exactly have choice.
Our taxes are funding the Rebuilding Ireland scheme- one of which is Clayfarm. The circulars stated that affordable housing was to be provided as part of being a recipient to the fund. However that is certainly not he case in Clayfarm or soon to be Cherrywood. Taxes and funding isn't going to help middle or lower income families, it's just helping out developers who would normally have to foot the bill for infrasture.
Where as social housing receipts have choice and get to stay in Dublin because people get all up in arms if they have to leave their area. Over half of those on the social housing list rejected their choice of housing some reasons stated are 'because it doesn't have a garden' or it's not in an area they like.
I have a friend who doesn't work and lives on social welfare and got to choose her house with a lovely big garden in an area of her choice. Yet people like my husband and other friends of mine have had to look at moving outside of Dublin, pay our kids in creche and commute to work. The system Seems very fair. And I also have friends, like a lovely elderly couple who live in social housing.
I'm not denying there are people with real need but its not fair having a system that doesn't reward work and make it more difficult for those who do. If we become unemployed we'd get housing, medical, study grants etc and more not currently available to us. The welfare system was originally created as short term aid. Not a way of life and for some- not all, it's a way of life.