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Kris Hopkins Vs Emma Reynolds: What Should Be Done To Support Renting Families?

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Housing minister Kris Hopkins and his Labour counterpart Emma Reynolds have both submitted an answer to this question on Mumsnet (I know, I know...)

http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/guest_posts/2104140-Guest-debate-What-should-we-be-doing-to-support-renting-families?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Tweet&utm_campaign=blog%20guest%20post%20debate%20housing%20renting%20fiona%20elsted%20kris%20hopkins%20emma%20reynolds

There's nothing they haven't said before, but it's worth being reminded that we have a housing minister who intends to do the square root of nothing to improve private renting in this country and is not ashamed to say so.

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Housing minister Kris Hopkins and his Labour counterpart Emma Reynolds have both submitted an answer to this question on Mumsnet (I know, I know...)

http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/guest_posts/2104140-Guest-debate-What-should-we-be-doing-to-support-renting-families?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Tweet&utm_campaign=blog%20guest%20post%20debate%20housing%20renting%20fiona%20elsted%20kris%20hopkins%20emma%20reynolds

There's nothing they haven't said before, but it's worth being reminded that we have a housing minister who intends to do the square root of nothing to improve private renting in this country and is not ashamed to say so.

Interesting.

Politicians don't understand the internet - use bullet points, avoid screeds.

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Kris Hopkins MP, Minister for Housing:

"As someone who has lived in a council house, I know exactly what it is like to experience the world of renting...........

No you don't Kris, no you don't. Council (Assured Tenancy) and private renting (Assured Shorthold Tenancy) are two very different things. Shame on mumsnet for not making a clear distinction between the two in the original question.

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Vote UKIP, it's the only thing the b@stards care two figs about.

I will be looking for the most socialist option at the next election, though my preferred option would be for the lot of them to be strung up.

Hopkins sounds like an out of touch knob. Seems to have wound up the mumsnetters a treat.

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I will be looking for the most socialist option at the next election, though my preferred option would be for the lot of them to be strung up.

Hopkins sounds like an out of touch knob. Seems to have wound up the mumsnetters a treat.

Not one of the commentators mentions immigration/population numbers. Interesting that. In my experience, not one british woman I know under 50 sees immigration as a problem. Loads of blokes do.

My own theory is that as throughout history women were kidnapped by outsiders, and men killed, evolutionary pressures mean that women befriend/like more easily outsiders. Men don't, as they tended to get killed, not bred with.

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Not sure if Mumsnet is indicative of general public opinion or not, but almost all of the comments over there are saying we need to stop lining the pockets of private landlords with housing benefit and use the money to build council houses for rent only.

I really do think (and hope) that the tide is finally turning on this one.

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Not sure if Mumsnet is indicative of general public opinion or not, but almost all of the comments over there are saying we need to stop lining the pockets of private landlords with housing benefit and use the money to build council houses for rent only.

I really do think (and hope) that the tide is finally turning on this one.

Me too, and its funny how the politicians seem to have earplugs in.

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Me too, and its funny how the politicians seem to have earplugs in.

Yes, it's part of the whole Neoliberal steamroller.. outsource, privatise, deregulate, never, ever stop or reverse this process, no matter how much the voters scream at you to do so. Treat it as some sort of force of nature.

(Then act shocked when the voters stop voting for you)

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I will be looking for the most socialist option at the next election, though my preferred option would be for the lot of them to be strung up.

Hopkins sounds like an out of touch knob. Seems to have wound up the mumsnetters a treat.

Problem is that 'they' - the main 3 parties - love it when those of us who are politically aware/active go and vote for independents, minor parties, the greens, whoever because they know that they will always have a hardcore of voters in each seat who will vote their people in. So in safe Labour seats Labour will always win and ditto for the Tories.

They are happy for the votes of people fed up with Tories, Labour, Liberals to be spread around several other minor parties because it means that their people always get back in.

UKIP, whether you love them or hate them, have altered this if people vote for UKIP. There are many, many things I loathe about UKIP but if they can get the former Croydon MP who was parachuted into Swansea West out then, IMPO, that would not be a bad thing. At which point Labour and the Tories might finally show an interest in Swansea. Currently, neither do IMPO.

Voting for the most socialist candidate might make you feel great when you put the X on the ballot paper but, in rerality, it will do sod all to change the politics in your constituency.

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The comments are worth reading, there seems to be some angry people there.

Yes, it reads like HPC. I noticed this on FTAlphaville a few days ago too - almost complete unanimity that housing policy is screwed up and needs to be changed.

Someone's out of touch - either internet commenters or policy makers.

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Vote UKIP, it's the only thing the b@stards care two figs about.

... which will achieve precisely nothing housing-wise.

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The more things are made unattractive for landlords, the less rental properties there will be. The less rental properties there are, the more competition between renters there will be, resulting in higher rents and more homelessness. And vice versa.

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That's only true if houses that are no longer rented out disappear in a magic puff of blue smoke and no-one lives in them.

Hold on, I've got it! If the reverse is true, all we need to do is make landlordism even more attractive. Then currently non-existent houses will magically appear in a puff of blue smoke.

By Jingo, I think I've solved it. Where do I apply to become Tory chancellor?

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The more things are made unattractive for landlords, the less rental properties there will be. The less rental properties there are, the more competition between renters there will be, resulting in higher rents and more homelessness. And vice versa.

1) Rents are set by what people can afford. That's why they track incomes quite tightly.

2) The total number of properties will be broadly the same, so where will all the ex-rentals end up? For sale perhaps?

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The more things are made unattractive for landlords, the less rental properties there will be. The less rental properties there are, the more competition between renters there will be, resulting in higher rents and more homelessness. And vice versa.

Nice theory, shame the evidence contradicts it. Germany has more pro-tenant tenancy laws than the UK and a higher proportion of properties supplied to the private rental market.

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Problem is that 'they' - the main 3 parties - love it when those of us who are politically aware/active go and vote for independents, minor parties, the greens, whoever because they know that they will always have a hardcore of voters in each seat who will vote their people in.

It's true that's what the main parties have been relying on for the last 40 years, and the combined number of votes they attract has been falling steadily throughout that time. That tribal hardcore of people who would vote for a turd with a red/blue/yellow rosette pinned to it is shrinking all the time.

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Yes, it's part of the whole Neoliberal steamroller.. outsource, privatise, deregulate, never, ever stop or reverse this process, no matter how much the voters scream at you to do so. Treat it as some sort of force of nature.

(Then act shocked when the voters stop voting for you)

The housing market isn't deregulated in the slightest. If it was then people could build on their own land and the situation would be far better than it is currently.

When you've got a state shaped hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

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