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  1. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/help-to-buy-affordable-housing-funding-divert-property-market-buyers-sajid-javid-a8233011.html Sigh
  2. Can Berlin Buy Its Way Out of a Housing Crisis? Interesting read about tools that many UK towns could implement. Berlin borough councils cap rents. They also have first refusal on any building coming up for sale. A loophole for the rent cap is luxury renovation. But here the council often strong arms developers into signing an agreement not to carry out another loophole renovation for 20 years - otherwise it will exercise its right to purchase the property itself. Full article at: City Lab
  3. Radical model fighting the housing crisis: property prices based on incomehttps://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/jan/16/radical-model-housing-crisis-property-prices-income-community-land-trusts
  4. So then, a victory for capitalism, or crony capitalism ? Can't say I'm a great fan of the original policy, but without measures to evolve, reform or replace, and in the light of policies such as HTB and blocking the bill for revenge evictions, difficult to see it as anything but another example of the latter.
  5. Rather than these gimmicky electioneering policies like '20% your first London home for FTBs under 40', 'HTB', and 'shared ownership' shouldn't the Government just let Councils and Housing Associations get on with the business of building homes for rent? I think in this was a better balance between the social rented and private rented homes could be established. In turn the housing market might sort itself out. It does annoy me a bit that my colleague can pay less rent on her 3 bedroomed council house (+ housing benefit) whereas I pay a lot more for my 2 br private rented flat And let's start with building the right properties. Ground floor properties with decent disabled persons access. More 1 and 2 bedroomed homes for those affected by the 'bedroom tax'. Of course, the Government, especially Tories, have a shadowy vested interest in keeping house prices high. What about their children - and grandchildren? It's about time the Government considered us proles more carefully. After all, we have more voting power than the small number of affluent people who may likely vote for the crony Tories.
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