Thank you for the source. 'Kid' means a child or young person. 'Council house kid' means he spent his childhood and youth in a council house; he was 'brought up' on a council estate. The suggestion is that his family was poor, uneducated, disadvantaged in some way, and of low social status. Home ownership used to be the aspirational and actual norm in England, probably in the UK.
Thank you, Parla.It's housing in which the rent is subsidized by a government agency; the agency pays part of the rent, because the family is very poor. In the US, it's called public housing, because it's partially paid for by the public (through the taxes they pay to the government).
This is not what "council housing" means in Britain. There is no implication that any government agency pays any part of the rent. The definition of "council housing" is that local government owns the building. Typically, the local authority lets the property out at a lower rent than normal market rent; and the authority's policy on whom to choose as tenants usually has a social ethos (income is not the only criterion). But once a tenant or family moves in, it has a right to stay there (and, incidentally, eventually buy the house at a beneficial price) when its fortunes improve.It's housing in which the rent is subsidized by a government agency; the agency pays part of the rent, because the family is very poor.
"Not for profit" doesn't mean "lose money on purpose" though. I doubt that the rates are set so that the government will exactly break even nor is that the reason why the rates are low. It is still a subsidy for the tenants regardless of whether the owner makes a profit. What I'm saying is if I give you $100 value for $90, whether I gave you a 10% discount or paid $10 is not a real difference. You've been brainwashed by your politicians to think of subsidized housing in one way, while we've been brainwashed to think of it another way.No, this is a misconception. Council housing is not for profit, thus the element of profit is the only one missing, thus rents are cheaper.