This govern­ment is de­ter­mined to never make it pay to sit on your back­side whilst oth­ers work hard...

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This govern­ment is de­ter­mined to never make it pay to sit on your back­side on ben­e­fits whilst oth­ers work hard to pay for it!

In this vein, I have re­cently writ­ten to the City Coun­cil ask­ing that they give pref­er­ence in their hous­ing al­lo­ca­tions poli­cies to work­ing fam­i­lies, com­mu­nity ac­tivists and those with a strong lo­cal link and I be­lieve per­sis­tent crim­i­nals should be evicted from so­cial hous­ing.

My head agrees that it’s a good thing in that if the in­vest­ment re­ally does turn these in­di­vid­u­als’ lives around, for their ben­e­fit and the whole com­mu­nity, then it will have been worth the fund­ing.

I also hope the in­volve­ment of faith groups will be­gin to in­cul­cate a moral frame­work into the of­ten repet­i­tive and aim­less lives of what is of­ten a feral un­der­class – with 450 such fam­i­lies in Peter­bor­ough.

My heart says that these fam­i­lies make choices that they are re­spon­si­ble for and should not be ”helped” as if they were dis­abled chil­dren or war vet­er­ans. They’re not. It is quite proper to give them a hand up and to be judge­men­tal.

Let’s not for­get hard work­ing, de­cent lawabid­ing folk in the city and across the coun­try who also need to be cut some slack by the govern­ment too.

It might sound tough but it will ben­e­fit all of us in the long run.

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