Housing is one of my pet issues. Without a decent roof over your head, it's difficult to get on with any aspect of life, whether you're rich or poor. Home is a place to retreat from everything else, and if you're unhappy at home, you're never going to be in a good place.
I love reading about innovative housing schemes, but sometimes the dreams of the architect are way out of kilter with the realities of life, and this appears to be one such scheme.
This particular scheme will provide accommodation for 36 homeless young people in Mitcham. All good so far. Read a bit further on, though. Rent is calculated at 65 per cent of the local market value, taking into account site lease and construction costs – equating to an outgoing of approximately £150 per week for each resident in the Mitcham scheme
For someone claiming housing benefit (or whatever they call it these days), that cost will be borne by the local housing authority. £150 a week doesn't sound like an awful lot in the grand scheme of things, but if I multiply that figure by 4, we're at £600 - I couldn't afford that, and I'm working.
We need better solutions than this.