One of today's leading news stories focuses on the call of new group; The Intergenerational Foundation, for tax breaks to encourage older people to downsize and help free up family-size houses.
It is estimated there are 25 million unused bedrooms in England, and this charity say that while many people are living longer and staying in what was once their family home, younger families are being squeezed into smaller properties.
The group doesn't seem to want older people to be forced to move, but many people reading the article (see the 380 comments!) have highlighted the sentiment seems to imply that remaining in a house larger than you require is selfish.
To read the full story click here.
What do you think?
Is it selfish for people to continue living in big family houses with multiple bedrooms going unused?
Or is a home more than just walls and rooms?
Would tax breaks encourage you to downsize?
Very interesting debates going on around this!
I don't understand, Mr Thompson. Please explain to me.
Explain what ?
Well, I'd gladly tell you, but you should already have guessed.
Why should I have already guessed ?
Why would you be unable to?
Can you get to the point please. ?
Actually, you were first. Don't be coy.
I get sick and tired of the politicians and media telling us that the reason for our pensions cris is that we are all living longer.
This is utter bullshit when "one" considers the real wealth of this country in all it's aspects.
I want to know why people seem to fall for this diatribe ?
I agree - I question that we are in fact living longer. My mother was 90 when she died, her sister 94, and her 2 aunts over 100. My brother was 57 and three cousins died in their 60's, my grand father was 78 and several of my contemporaries in their late 60's when they died. Perhaps there are more older people so it appears as if they are living longer. More to do with population explosion than extended good health.
The real reason for a pension crisis is bad investment, resulting in asset stripping and over speculation. It started way back with the erroneous belief in the natural stabilisation of market values, Ayn Rand and the new capitalists.....
I think generally we are living longer, what I dont like is this and successive government's making this the excuse for not paying a decent State pension to our elderly people.
Britain is a very rich country, but the Tory right wing dont believe in the State pension, and that's why its so low.
You are a politicion. The internet is a medium.