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Lack of housing hitting poor

/ 5 August 2013

An investigation by the Independent has found that 96% of people affected by the “bedroom tax” have nowhere to move to avoid paying the subsidy.

Figures provided by 38 councils, who responded to a freedom of information request from Labour, revealed that 99,079 families are expected to be affected by the “bedroom tax”, but only 3,803 one and two-bedroom social housing properties are available for them to move into.

Source: The Independent

We say: In a world where people are so starved of time and space (Peter Capaldi excepted), it makes sense to leave the verbs, definite articles and punctuation out of news headlines. We’ll all know what it means, won’t we? Or might we look at a headline like ‘Lack of housing hitting poor’, mentally add a hyphen between the third and fourth words and then wonder why there is such a shortage of impoverished folk who smack residential buildings? And how would you strike at a dwelling anyway? With a roundhouse kick of course. We’ve missed you, silly season.