If you’d worked hard all your life and earned the right to enjoy your retirement in a comfortable four-bedroom home with sprawling gardens, surely it would be pretty tough to have a couple of normally reputable organisations suddenly accuse you of “house-blocking”.
How could they possibly know why you’ve chosen to stay put? Maybe all that extra space isn’t simply wasted, as recent statements by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Financial Conduct Authority appear to have suggested. Maybe it allows you to welcome family and friends to stay, maybe you want to always have space for offspring should their lives hit a crisis, maybe you have pampered pets. Whatever the reason, it’s no one else’s business to be honest. As the saying goes, an Englishman’s home is his castle and what he does with it is up to him.