Sunday 25 February 2007...
On the subject of overcrowding. Why have 3 children if you only have a 2 bedroom house. It's all very well breeding and then complaining that your kids have to share a bedroom. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY!
Gary Yeatman, UK
My husband and I live in a very small two bedroom house with our four children (two girls aged 11 and 8 and two boys aged 3 and 1). I sympathise with the Pither family as I feel exactly the same way. We have spoken to the local authorities but the only way they will help is by placing us on a very long housing list and telling us that we can put a bed in our living room. My youngest child has chest problems due to the cramped conditions and we could all do with a bit more space. The out of date law really need updating and very quickly too.
Michelle O'Neill Wilkins, England
When a family is provided with a home large enough for their needs they should sign an agreement that they will move out when their children become adult. Mary Welch, England
I'm watching your programme with mounting fury. Who told Mrs Pither to have three kids? I've one, we work flat out, and we're standing still. Why should someone in a council supplied house who keeps producing children be given another house at our expense?
Charlie, United Kingdom
What an absolute disgrace. Yet again I get the feeling that tax payers are going to be asked to pay for other people's problems. The family reported on in your programme, and any others like them, did not have to have children - it's entirely optional, and they did not have to have three children. Instead, they could make the same decisions as everyone else has to and only had children when they could afford to. Those living in the real world have to provide their own housing with their own money for themselves and their families - why should hardworking people who have had to make difficult choices also have to fund other people and their children. Overcrowding is self-inflicted, so people should take responsibility for their own actions and deal with it, or accept it.
Vicki Hill, England
I was interested in your report on the Government's plans to redress the 'Overcrowding' rule. I currently live in a two roomed private apartment with four children aged 13 (boy), 8(girl), 4 and 4 (twins of opposite gender). The three younger ones share one room, my son has a box room and I sleep in the lounge/diner/kitchen. Due to the design of the property there is no private entrance separate from that used by the Landlord and his guests. Despite having special welfare status due to the family history of the younger children, the Local Authority refuse to re-house us a matter of urgency.
Anson T. Foster, UK
The piece would have had more force if the family chosen did not come over as undeserving. There seemed not a word about their own efforts to escape overcrowding, how they got into the situation, and in particular what their circumstances were when they chose to have a third child. There may be persuasive answers to these questions, but you made no attempt to provide them. In this you may well be encouraging the views of those who fear a fecklessness charter.
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