" In the typical small English village a young couple who wish to marry do not find it easy to obtain a suitable cottage.
They find a number of good, sound, old cottages occupied by families who have lived there for years and some likely to go on living there for many more; they see perhaps a small number of council houses known to he earmarked for families with children, preferably those who are already living under unsatisfactory conditions; and finally, there is a certain number of old cottages offering a very inferior standard of accommodation.
" In these latter there is a greater movement of tenants and a chance that one of them may become available at some time or other. But, unfortunately, it is too often a cottage in which nobody else will live, and to start married life in such a home is a discouragement and a handicap."
In this plain manner did Mr. Walter Elliot, Minister of Health, describe some of the difficulties of village life, to a meeting of representatives of Rural District Councils, at Chippenham, on Tuesday.
He was speaking on the need of new houses in the country. He thought that by providing such houses something would be done to stop the drift of young workers from the land.
He explained the working of the new Housing (Financial Provisions) Act, which provides subsidies from local government bodies for the builders of labourers' cottages.