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Interview With Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds In Inside Housing

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Yes, she`ll be off to a better portfolio before you know it.

Labour doubled rents during their previous time (as have the Tories) in government, no reason to expect more this time.

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Fully embedded in the political class, not going to change anything of substance.

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The interview seems to be mostly about the Conservative/LibDem Coalition's policies and a bit about some future (if elected) possible tinkering by Labour.

Tinkering at best.

Yet again nothing about the effect of increases in the total population.

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Labour's big idea for reforming the private rented sector:

When it comes to the private rented sector though, Ms Reynolds is much more sure-footed and it is here that her real enthusiasm for the job seems to lie. She says she is ‘absolutely passionate’ about improving standards in the PRS.

In response Labour is proposing that private landlords be compelled to sign up to a national register.

4 years of opposition and that's it?

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Labour's big idea for reforming the private rented sector:

4 years of opposition and that's it?

Good idea though.

National register first, taxy taxy later.

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Good idea though.

National register first, taxy taxy later.

Of course landlords should pay tax, but this isn't going to improve the lives of private tenants.

ASTs need reforming to improve security of tenure. Letting agent fees payable by tenants should be banned as they are in Scotland.

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She says Labour supports the government’s help to buy scheme, but warns the policy will drive up prices if supply is not increased.

Well thought out response there then. Do they support it given that supply is not being increased? Apparently, yes.

She clearly has not given too much thought to fixed-term tenancies for social tenants. ‘I have to pass on that one,’ she says, asking her press officer for the party’s policy on security of tenure.

‘We are looking at that,’ Ms Reynolds confirms, after conferring.

Much better approach than the bedroom tax to the problem of resource allocation. 5 years should do it.

However, she states that new towns must be part of the solution, suggesting a Labour government will not be able to devote large amounts of public funding to do this, she says: ‘It [the funding] is going to have to come from the private sector.’

Ms Reynolds says one potential model would work in a similar way to help to buy, where the state underwrites loans to private companies, allowing the funding of new towns through cheaper private finance.

UK Gov = AIG?

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Of course landlords should pay tax, but this isn't going to improve the lives of private tenants.

ASTs need reforming to improve security of tenure. Letting agent fees payable by tenants should be banned as they are in Scotland.

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Yes, she`ll be off to a better portfolio before you know it.

Labour doubled rents during their previous time (as have the Tories) in government, no reason to expect more this time.

Yup; That C**t Broon could have stopped this ENTIRE hpi fraud/Ponzi scam in its tracks if he had wanted to. But nope, he licked the behinds of the Banksters - who gave Nieu Labbia LOADS of cash -- and DELIBERATELY let the whole thing go into orbit so that he would get the keys to 10 Downing Street. TOTAL AR*****E.

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So the usual vacuous platitudes - and she still isn't fully up to speed on her brief.

You might expect some passion and fervour given how the young and poor are suffering under the current housing system - but it looks like the same market led approach.

So if we aren't going to get the supply we need to reduce the demand - so back to UKIP!

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Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: donation received through the Labour Party and used to help pay for a member of staff to support my work as Shadow Housing Minister; value from 28 October 2013-30 June 2014, £21,453.49

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/24868/emma_reynolds/wolverhampton_north_east

So they've given her 21k for what?

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According to Ed Miliband in the Telegraph today:

Yesterday, Emma Reynolds explained how we will increase the supply of new homes

It boils down to this:

Emma Reynolds announced a package of proposed measures to help smaller house builders and custom build play a role in Labour’s promise to deliver 200,000 homes a year by 2020.

In a speech to the National House-Building Council yesterday, the shadow housing minister announced Build First which she said will be implemented if Labour win the next election.

The measures announced included:

•A Labour government will require local authorities to include a higher proportion of small sites in their five year land supply.

•It would give guaranteed access to public land to smaller firms and custom builders.

•It will ensure that any public land given over for housebuilding will have a proportion dedicated for this purpose.

•A proportion of the homes built in new towns and garden cities will be built by smaller firms and custom builders.

•So it will increase transparency in the land market by ensuring that developers register the land they own or have options on.

Ms Reynolds said: ‘Our aim is to significantly boost the role of the smaller firms, and the self and custom build industry to help us reach our ambition of building at least 200,000 a homes a year by 2020.’

Brian Berry, Federation of Master Builders chief executive, said: ‘Labour’s plans to boost house building by helping small builders enter the housing market is the right step forward. Over the past 25 years small house builders have been squeezed out of the market. In 1988 two-thirds of all new homes were built by SME builders, but that figure now stands at less than a third. This decline has accelerated over the past five years, as large numbers of firms have either gone out of business or have diversified out of building homes altogether.’

James Hulme, strategic policy adviser to the House Builders Association, said: ‘The Labour commitments announced today echo the HBA’s long standing recommendations calling for smaller sites requirement in local plans, and a proportionate number of SMEs involved in large site & public land disposals .It is a well accepted fact now that new houses need to be built on a large scale to meet the growing demand.

‘These houses can form large communities but the smaller builders have a crucial role to play in driving output, innovation and quality. We are pleased that the government and the Labour Party are both aware of the need for greater competition and diversity, by making provision for small sites and making the whole access to land process more transparent.

‘Smaller companies built two thirds of new homes in 1988. Now it is less than a third. To ensure a thriving industry we must grasp the notion that small companies are crucial to a healthy housebuilding sector, and to the preservation of local communities and flourishing local economies. We hope the Government agrees and will act sooner rather than later.’

http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/development/reynolds-announces-measures-to-help-labour-reach-200000-homes-a-year-target/7001609.article

This is the sum total of what the official opposition have managed to come up with so far.

She was on the telly on Sunday apparently, pushing more building of council homes:

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jan/13/labour-council-housing-shortage

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