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Spartacus Are you for real. In every society on the planet there are people who do jobs at the lower end of the pay scale. Employers pay at different rates of pay and that is commerce the world over. So what do you suggest the states does? Should we have a minimum wage that is so high nobody will employ anyone else so we just live with the huge unemployment figures that results from that? Or perhaps we could top up everybody's wage with government benefits at whatever that will cost, I am sure the taxpayer will love to see their tax quadruple to pay for it all. Now that really would be throwing money at the problem. As it turns out under the GHA scheme the majority of funds for social housing doesn't come from the states at all. Also I have never said that the buy to let market is costing the states money, people will rent their properties for whatever rents they can get, it is demand that drives rents not the letting market itself.