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SNP plan to end empty home council tax discount

There is an estimated 25,000 long-term empty homes across Scotland Continue reading the main story

Local authorities are to be given new powers to increase council tax on empty homes, under plans announced by the Scottish government.

The move, announced three months before May's election, could raise £130m in four years to build new homes.

The owners of long-term empty homes can currently qualify for council tax discounts of 50%.

Ministers said there were 25,000 such properties across Scotland, while some people were struggling to find homes.

Announcing the proposals as part of a 10-year housing vision, Housing Minister Alex Neil said the move would free up 800 homes every year and support 1,500 jobs in construction and other sectors.

"There are about 25,000 long-term empty homes across Scotland, located in urban, rural and island communities," he said, adding: "They represent a wasted housing asset and have a negative impact on the quality of Scotland's cities, towns and villages.

"We also recognise the need for government support for the growing number of people priced out of home ownership, struggling to afford market rents but unable to access social housing."

Graeme Brown, director of homeless charity Shelter Scotland said that, ahead of the Holyrood election, all parties must say exactly how much they will invest in affordable housing, how many new homes will be built, and their policies on preventing homelessness

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-12365250

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A good idea.

Very good indeed.

Council tax should be raised on ownership, not occupancy. I would like to see the cost of the tax become progressive according to a measure of the value and the size of the property.

Discounts should be available for UK citizens living in a home, with a bigger discount for a couple living together. No discounts should be made for foreign nationals, which means that they would pay much more in tax.

And you get a discount on one home only. And that means second homes are going to raise a lot more tax in the areas where holiday homes are rife and locals are priced out.

And the added bonus of levying the tax against ownership, is that collection is easy. If you dont collect the tax, seize the home, and sell it off to the highest bidder retaining all costs and charges before returning the residue to the previous owner. The punishment is harsh, and that will mean all but the mad will pay up.

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A good start. England and Wales should do it too. Although it needs to be double council for empty homes rather than te same. Housing shortage solved.

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A good start. England and Wales should do it too. Although it needs to be double council for empty homes rather than te same. Housing shortage solved.

Pent Up, a double in cost of an empty home sounds just like my suggestion of a 'discount' for a home occupied by UK nationals with a figure on it.

Double the cost sounds good to me.

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