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"When does a personal problem become society’s problem? How many people have to be in a situation before it ceases to be a source of shame and starts to become a spur to action? What’s the tipping point? These questions are thrown up by a new Shelter report, 'The Flyers and the Triers'.
The phrasing is diplomatic. The 'flyers' are defined as having 'made minimal sacrifices to buy a home, having received substantial financial and emotional support from family'. 'Triers', meanwhile, 'struggled for longer to buy a home (if they got there at all). They had less help, and had to rely more on their own efforts.' You could just as well call them the Minted and the Screwed, or go traditional: the Haves and the Have-nots. It is to the credit of the charity how tactful it remains in the face of such blanket evidence of systemic failure."