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· by the local authority, he may, in the event of there being no other
municipal cottage available, be obliged to take his family after all to
, some slum­dwelling where overcrowding is allowed.
i In many cases the rent of the cottage is able to be paid only with
i the assistance of the wage­earning children, whose education suffers
accordingly. _
4 General Conclusions.
The success of a Housing scheme depends very largely upon the
amount of enthusiasm which the ofiicials, particularly the surveyor
to the local authority, throw into it. The opposition is always con-
' siderable, and can only be met by an equal amount of municipal
’ energy, which can be greatly assisted and directed by officials in
sympathy with the scheme.
The facilities for acquiring land need simplifying.
If the term for the repayment of the loan were extended to, say,
J eighty years for the houses and 1oo years on the land, the problem
would be rendered much less diliicult.
Unnecessary and irksome building regulations should be avoided,
, and those which are considered desirable should be binding equally
` upon municipalities and private owners. The number of persons to
be housed per acre should be limited, and the minimum of light and
­ air greatly increased.
J Great annoyance and delay might be avoided if applications to the
«; Local Government Board could receive prompt attention.
Local authorities should have power to erect houses outside
their own area with direct systems of tram or other communication.
Accommodation for single men and women can be provided more
ii, cheaply in the lodging­house, but the comforts of the home are
gg wantmg.
N o_ satisfactory scheme of housing has yet been devised with
rents within the reach of the poorest members of Society.
· The question of free cottages is not yet within the realm of
practical politics.
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