On Tuesday the Chronicle made an emotional plea on behalf of a mum and six kids desperately searching for a home — “they may have to live in a car, which is currently not going”.
For some reason this family must have four bedrooms or more, and Ray White say “there is nothing available in her budget at a rent she can afford”.
This is sad.
By my calculation, this mother is eligible for a solo parent benefit, an accommodation supplement, four child disability allowances, a community services card giving her access to discounts; and the heating supplement in winter, with no doubt further help available in the community.
Why do they need four or more bedrooms? I myself am the eldest of seven children who grew up in a two-bedroom house.
My siblings are all high achievers. We did not suffer, physically, mentally or emotionally because we had to share. I suggest we learned valuable life lessons.
A measure of common sense is called for here — less emotion and more practical help and advice. JEAN McDAVITT