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Dave, thanks for the clarification. I don't think it's daft for people to WANT to stay in their 'traditional areas' either - that's not what I was saying. Of course people will want to stay near to the people and places they are used to. But I do think it's slightly bizarre that people who are in such dire straits that they need to request social housing would pretty much demand where that housing should be - and that the department would kowtow to them. (Now I know that's not the case, but that's the basis of understanding my first post came from.) I don't know individual circumstances of course, and can only imagine how I would feel were I in the same position, and I honestly think I would just be happy to be placed somewhere - anywhere - that I could settle. Never look a gift horse, and all that... Nevertheless, it really is reassuring to hear that, if people do have strong wishes to stay in a certain area and are happy to wait until a suitable property becomes free, that your department will try hard to accommodate (pun, sorry) them. Please don't think I am knocking your department or its policies, because I think you are all doing a sterling job. Trust me - with island-wide voting, you'd be getting a tick from me!