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Bedroom Tax Amendment - Make Home Ownership Affordable To More?

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http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/legal/liberal-democrats-set-to-vote-for-bedroom-tax-changes/7005432.article

‘Naturally, if I succeed at second reading, I hope I can beef up the bill with amendments at committee stage, to extend exemptions to the bedroom tax and promote the intermediate housing market to make home ownership affordable to more people.

Not sure what he's after doing.
People affected by bedroom tax aren't likely to be wanting to buy a house?

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http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/legal/liberal-democrats-set-to-vote-for-bedroom-tax-changes/7005432.article

‘Naturally, if I succeed at second reading, I hope I can beef up the bill with amendments at committee stage, to extend exemptions to the bedroom tax and promote the intermediate housing market to make home ownership affordable to more people.

Not sure what he's after doing.

People affected by bedroom tax aren't likely to be wanting to buy a house?

Attempting to curry favour with voters by taking up a populist cause in the run up to a General Election?

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The party is set to impose a three-line whip on its MPs to vote for a private members bill tabled by Liberal Democrat backbencher Andrew George. The bill would exempt people from the bedroom tax if they have not received a reasonable offer of alternative accommodation from their landlord.

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http://www.andrewgeorge.org.uk/private-members-bill-decision-george-goes-affordable-homes-bill/

Mr George’s Private Members’ Bill will include: -

i) Extension of the Government’s ‘Help to Buy’ scheme or the creation of a new Affordable Homes Investment Bank to underpin the ‘intermediate’ market (shared equity/shared ownership/mutual housing) to construct a new lower rung on the housing ladder for those who cannot afford the full cost of full market ownership housing.

ii) Negating an effect of the spare room subsidy/‘bedroom tax’ – on basis that poor families are as entitled to a stable family home as better off families. This would limit the bedroom tax to exclude those who have been living at an address for more than 3 years and where disabled adaptations have been completed

iii) The introduction of a new ‘Use Class’ in the planning Use Classes Order for ‘non-permanent residential use’ (second homes) which would empower local planning authorities to control the number of second homes in their area.

iv) Enhance powers of compulsory purchase for local authorities where either developers land bank development sites or fail to use sites for which planning permission has been granted but developments not advanced or where need for affordable homes cannot be met on ‘exception’ sites through community land auctions/trusts.

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i) Extension of the Government’s ‘Help to Buy’ scheme or the creation of a new Affordable Homes Investment Bank to underpin the ‘intermediate’ market (shared equity/shared ownership/mutual housing) to construct a new lower rung on the housing ladder for those who cannot afford the full cost of full market ownership housing.

The last thing we need is more state intervention in the housing 'market'. And 'shared ownership' is the very worst of the 'solutions' on offer. It's nothing but a disgusting scam - paying the same amount as a house should cost for the right to a tenancy you can't break.

Shared ownership should be banned.

ii) Negating an effect of the spare room subsidy/‘bedroom tax’ – on basis that poor families are as entitled to a stable family home as better off families. This would limit the bedroom tax to exclude those who have been living at an address for more than 3 years and where disabled adaptations have been completed

As vile as the bedroom tax is, what 'entitlement to a stable family home'?! Many, many 'better off' families who cannot dream of qualifying for social housing live month to month in private rentals, where they can be kicked out at the drop of a hat.

These MPs are still acting like it's 1997.

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