Being old isn't simply about wealth, though averages are indeed unhelpful when you're trying to work out the impact of things on people. There will be plenty at the other end of the scale from suedehead's uncle, for example. However it's also about all the support networks that are needed as you get older. If you're a reasonably fit 75 year old with a decent pension life is probably pretty good. No problem with that. If you're not in that position then don't expect much help from this lot.
The government has plenty to shoulder the blame for as far as housing goes. I was really referring to the bedroom tax, which fell unfairly on those already struggling, but the litany of errors in relation to housing is ludicrous and is not helped by the fact that at the DHCLG (and it's various iterations) the door of the Housing Minister is a revolving one, which shows how seriously they really take the issue. This government and the previous one are not solely to blame, that much is true (though the current mob are so Thatcherite in outlook we shouldn't suppose they mourn the decision to go for Right to Buy). But their methods of trying to deliver it are both doomed to failure and are going to result in a lot of poorer quality housing that won't deliver the benefits that this country needs housing development to.
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