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Help to Buy is worrying but the real problem is inflexible housing policy -

See more at: http://www.cityam.com/article/help-buy-worrying-real-problem-inflexible-housing-policy#sthash.WZlxvwrn.dpuf

I heard Nick Clegg defending the bedroom tax/ spare room surcharge with:

'There are 2 million people on the council house waiting list in this country'.

Under which conditions shifting a few thousand people into smaller houses may be justified, but also wildly insufficient.

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I heard Nick Clegg defending the bedroom tax/ spare room surcharge with:

'There are 2 million people on the council house waiting list in this country'.

Under which conditions shifting a few thousand people into smaller houses may be justified, but also wildly insufficient.

They might have had an easier ride if they'd 'fessed up to their general incompetence in managing social housing needs rather than trying to defend this insanity as prudent management.

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I heard Nick Clegg defending the bedroom tax/ spare room surcharge with:

'There are 2 million people on the council house waiting list in this country'.

Under which conditions shifting a few thousand people into smaller houses may be justified, but also wildly insufficient.

Especially given the main candidates for down sizing would be pensioners, who are exempt.

These few thousand people are now stuck between a rock and a hard place. Pay the "bedroom tax" or the much larger "private landlord tax."

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Help to Buy is worrying but the real problem is inflexible housing policy -

See more at: http://www.cityam.co...h.WZlxvwrn.dpuf

Of course its inflexible.

They dont trust the staff to allocate...trust is only for fellow troughers.

in this lack of trust, they tie the system up with a LIST of requirements...this makes everyone who is treated unfairly as they have the wrong colour eyes, 10p per month too much income, very bitter indeed when others less deserving get the housing they really need.

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Help to Buy is worrying but the real problem is inflexible housing policy -

See more at: http://www.cityam.com/article/help-buy-worrying-real-problem-inflexible-housing-policy#sthash.WZlxvwrn.dpuf

Superb article...absolutely nails it.

We should be building 300k houses a year in the UK, exactly like we did in the 1930's, with the majority in London and the South East. Unless and until we do there's little prospect of significant nominal house price declines in the home counties.

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Superb article...absolutely nails it.

We should be building 300k houses a year in the UK, exactly like we did in the 1930's, with the majority in London and the South East.

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Unless and until we do there's little prospect of significant nominal house price declines in the home counties.

Well, actually I think prices in London/SE will fall eventually, when IRs go back up, even if we don't build more homes, but slowly and not by much. Prices will fall much faster and deeper if we do build. Besides, we would have more and better housing.

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