The British have an enormously expensive program of subsidised housing that is called “Council Housing.”  The system has operated as a cheap form of housing for people for decades and once someone manages to get a council house, they are generally entitled to stay in it for life, without any consideration to their income levels and at rents that bear no relationship to their income.

A fairer way would be for the monthly rent to be based on a percentage of the – tax return recorded – monthly income of the person or couple renting the home, in which case, rents would vary with the incomes of the occupants until such time as a person’s or couples with higher incomes would find it cheaper to buy there own home and vacate the council house for someone else to rent. This system would offer a progressive method of moving people on to home ownership. As it stands, many people with high incomes are still living in low rent council homes.



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