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  • "Young people who occupy empty properties are doing a wonderful service for the country. They are lowering the housing benefit bill and therefore lowering the deficit. They should be congratulated. Far better they live in an empty space for free rather than reply on the taxpayer to line the pockets of private property, hostel and B&B owners. Given that we are headed for triple-dip recession, it is high time some thought went into the vast number of empty retail spaces that line our streets. I don't see shoppers returning to the high-spending days of a few years ago any time soon. Why not use these shops to house the poor and homeless for free and lower the huge burden on the tax payer that is a result of an enormous housing benefit bill (all of which goes to private, wealthy landlords and does not help the poor).

    These so-called squatters are a good example of people who don't just sit around waiting for handouts from the state, unlike private landlords who exploit the housing benefit system and rip off both their tenants and the taxpayer."
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