Parts 2 & 3: £40,000 Council House Salary Cap
First up: Should council houses be denied to couples once their combined earnings are upwards of, say £40K? New laws that came into effect last month will let local authorities do this, each setting their own bar. Those earning more when their tenancy’s reviewed will be turfed out to rent privately. It’ll help clear space for the 2m families waiting for a council home. But won’t it also put people off working hard to better themselves - if doing so could cost you the roof over your head?
Part 4: Today’s Papers
Part 5: No Disability Benefit For Losing A Limb?
After that: is Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith right to say losing a limb shouldn’t automatically entitle you to Disability Living Allowance? The benefit’s meant to help people with a physical or mental disability pay for their mobility needs and general care. But IDS reckons if you don’t need support to get around, you don’t need the handout. Does he have a point? It costs the taxpayer almost £13bn a year, so isn’t he right to take another look at who should get the benefit?
Part 6: Does Every Good Child Deserve Chores?
After that: Does every good child deserve chores? Half of parents don’t make their kids help around the house, saying they don’t have time, what with homework and extra-curricular activities. But are those mums and dads doing their sprogs a disservice? Parenting buffs say helping out promotes self-esteem, and makes kids responsible and self-sufficient. Fair enough, but isn’t childhood for playing, not working?
Part 7: Nothing Wrong With Peeing In Public!
And finally: There’s nothing wrong with peeing in public - as long as no one sees you. That’s what one judge said yesterday, after he ruled against a Somerset couple who wanted a layby near their house closed because drivers kept using it for comfort breaks. Was the judge right?