As you probably know by now, we live in a park home on a site where OH is voluntary warden. This means that we have to stay on site here during the month of closure when maintenance is carried out and to help keep the site secure. OH is giving up this voluntary post at the end of July as his arthritis is getting worse and his spondelitis makes his back very stiff and painful and hedge cutting and sewer rodding (yes, really!) is very hard on the back. This means that we will have to leave our home for a month each Winter. It's not at problem at the moment as we will tootle off in our lovely warm and cosy caravan but in years to come it might be, as there is no way I will tow the 'van if OH cannot :(
Anyway, our local authority is building some lovely apartments for over 55's a few miles away, invitingly described as 'Affordable Housing' to rent so we went to see them. The show apartment is lovely, reasonably spacious with a wet room and 24 hour security. At the time, the rent had not been decided so we put our names on the list and waited. Well now it has been decided....and it's £228 per week. This includes heating but not Council Tax, telephone, broadband etc putting it beyond our reach as we would be dipping into our savings on a monthly basis to make ends meet, so they certainly wouldn't last very long.
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This made me wonder if perhaps only the people receiving benefits can afford one as Housing Benefit might 'mop up' the extra? As benefits come out of Council funds anyway, why not lower the rent as it will make no difference to the people who are receiving them and might allow someone in our situation to apply IYSWIM ? Sorry if this sounds like gobbledegook, I'm not explaining myself very well but, to us, £228 per week is not affordable. Am I being a tad simplistic? What do you think?
It looks like it's back to the drawing board for us anyway and we have a few years yet to decide where our 'forever home' will be.
Enjoy your day, everyone, do be kind to each other x