Friday 24 November 2017

Burning issue of welfare failures

Sir -- I'll be succinct for the sake of my incredulous brain rather than those of your readers who are probably more measured.

In February 2011, my son left, for the second time, for San Diego. Previously he had come back to the town where he was born and educated, to work with his colleagues, and bought a two-bedroom apartment, one en-suite.

On leaving, he gave his apartment to an agent who offered it to the first 'taker', one month's rent upfront. In March, the social-welfare tenant, a heroin addict, burned the apartment to its floorboards, stole all the furniture, terrified the decent neighbours, paid no rent and left the key in the door having caused havoc and damage. This guy was a 'client' of the State: ie we, taxpayers paid his rent.

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