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Who's to judge if a tenant is 'affluent'? Mailbag.

IN her diatribe on so-called affluent council tenants (Roof over every head, Mailbag, September 20), Clr Christine Smith exposes once more the spiteful, vindictive face of Conservative politics.

How would Clr Smith know that the affluent two-car families she sees while going along 'any council estate today' can afford to buy their own homes? How would she know that those people haven't already bought their homes under her own party's Right to Buy scheme? How else would she know that those people she assumes are affluent are not working on possibly well-paid but temporary contracts and may therefore have been refused a mortgage? If Clr Smith is so upset at 'affluent' people living in council accommodation, then perhaps she would prefer the homes to be occupied entirely by people who are either unemployed, single parents on benefit, or asylum seekers.

While there is nothing wrong with being a member of any of these groups many, if not most, are not in a position to afford to pay rent and instead need to claim housing benefit.

I wonder how the council would feel should Clr Smith's proposals be introduced - the amount received in rent would drop quicker than a LibDem opinion poll rating.

ROBERT NICHOLLS Kirkburton
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Sep 23, 2010
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