ONE FAMILY is on Universal Credit and being forced to choose between food or heating prompted Kirstie Allsopp’s comment about buying a home.
Stepfather Harry Lay, 36, said the TV presenter’s comment that everyone could buy a home was “unfriendly” because he was one of thousands of Britons forced to rely on counters sell food.
Kirstie’s “out of touch” advice to young people includes that they should stop spending money on Netflix, the gym and coffee in order to own a home.
Harry, a military veteran and now a full-time cleaner, lives in social housing and the family receives universal credit – and has criticized the presenter for her remarks.
Together with his wife Kittie, 36, a part-time hairdresser, they are faced with a choice between food and heat.
Harry and Kittie moved into the housing association property in mid-2020 with their three children aged five, eight and 11.
Harry, from Cricklade, Wiltshire, said Allsopp “didn’t realize how lucky she was.”
He said: ”I basically think at a time like this when vulnerable families are struggling to make ends meet, raise children and heat their homes, she chose a really bad timing for this.
“Does she really think people don’t try?
“We have families who are living in terrible conditions, having to make sacrifices like heating or eating, elderly people who can’t afford heat have worked all their lives.
“I found her comments unfriendly and for those who already feel guilty that they can’t provide for their families, this is really gritty.
“I don’t think she realized how lucky she was.”
Kirstie Allsopp thinks young people should move in with their parents or “find a home in the north” in cheaper areas if they are having a hard time making ends meet while saving for a home.
At the time, the average house price in the UK was around £51,000, or £112,000 in today’s prices – that’s still less than half the actual average house price today of £255,556.
The Location, Location, Location presenter said she feels “indignation” to hear young people complain that they can’t afford a home these days.
“When I bought my first property, when I went abroad, EasyJet, the coffee, the gym, the Netflix lifestyle didn’t exist,” she said. “I usually walk to work with a sandwich. And on payday, I’ll go out for pizza, watch a movie and buy a lipstick.”
While Kirstie acknowledges that interest rates are much lower today, she stresses that young first-time buyers need to “sacrifice” to get up the ladder and suggests moving further.
She added: “I’m in Nottingham right now and have a nice three bedroom house with a long garden for £320,000. I get angry when people say they can’t afford it. They maybe.
“But they have to move, which is hard if you don’t have roots there. I know there are many people who can’t afford it, but others aren’t willing to make sacrifices.”
This comes later Piers Morgan attacked Allsopp after she made “unbelievably stupid” comment on property purchases by young people.
The 56-year-old man didn’t hold back when he exploded Kirstie50, on Twitter branded her “misery privilege” after she suggested that those looking to climb the property ladder should forego Netflix and gym memberships.
The former GMB presenter wrote: “Every time Kirstie Allsopp is trending, I check the reason and find her saying something impossibly stupid, ridiculously lacking information, and startling.
“Then I waited for her to respond to a perfectly legitimate outrage by tossing her toy out of the stroller and exiting Twitter again.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17575771/dad-universal-credit-foodbank-kirstie-allsopp/ I’m on universal credit and have to choose between food or heating