…of a man on a £45,000 salary, who has moved out of the family home after splitting from his wife, getting a council house?
OK, I thought that would be the response. If you can all stop laughing a moment, how about if I told you his 14 year old son was going to live with him?
Still not convinced? What if I told you he was leader of the council?
Yeah. Thought that might do it:
Labour’s Liam Smith, of Barking and Dagenham council in east London, was given the property just weeks after splitting from his wife Emma.
But it’s only for two years!
Cllr Smith told The Sunday Telegraph: ‘My son wanted to stay with me so we were rehoused by the council. When he turns 16, I’ll be out on my ear.’
You should already be out on your ear! You earn £45,000 FFS!
…Terry Justice, a former Conservative councillor from the borough, added: ‘It’s utterly disgraceful that the leader of the council has jumped the queue and tried to use his son to get around the rules.’
Mr Justice said he knew of ‘countless’ cases of families who waited for years in sub-standard properties to be allocated a new home.
On its website, Barking and Dagenham council says council houses are awarded on a discretionary, case-by-case basis.Housing officers usually decide whether an applicant has made themselves intentionally homeless.
If not, and the child is not in need of being taken into care, then they are usually placed in temporary accommodation until a permanent home can be found.
Cllr Smith, however, was allocated his two-bedroom flat within six weeks of leaving the marital home.
Fishy? Oh, yes.
Barking and Dagenham council said: ‘The arrangements made for Mr Smith would be the same for any other personwho found themselves homeless and in priority housing need.‘There is no question of any special treatment.’