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So will housing become a major poltical issue over the next year?

Last night was a 'newsnight special' will all three LibDem candidates.

Housing was discussed and with more than just a passing comment - they actually have a policy of sorts.

Houseprices were metnioned by more than one of the candidates and Ming talked of the scandal of so many homeless people in the UK while there are thousands of houses standing empty.

His answer.....remove VAT on refurbishing old homes to get them back into the housing market.

Not a mention of shared ownership schemes or 'key worker' schemes etc. which is an improvement on the other two parties.

At least LibDems have grasped the idea that most people actually want to own a decent home...not 60% of newbuild shed on the edge of a rough council estate.

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So will housing become a major poltical issue over the next year?

Last night was a 'newsnight special' will all three LibDem candidates.

Housing was discussed and with more than just a passing comment - they actually have a policy of sorts.

Houseprices were metnioned by more than one of the candidates and Ming talked of the scandal of so many homeless people in the UK while there are thousands of houses standing empty.

His answer.....remove VAT on refurbishing old homes to get them back into the housing market.

Not a mention of shared ownership schemes or 'key worker' schemes etc. which is an improvement on the other two parties.

At least LibDems have grasped the idea that most people actually want to own a decent home...not 60% of newbuild shed on the edge of a rough council estate.

All smoke and mirrors.

the longer the government or potential governments spin the housing shortage toss we will see the house prices excused at their current levels.

There is no shortage of housing.

All it has ever been is a speculative market..

anyone here sleeping on the streets?>

Edited by apom

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All smoke and mirrors.

the longer the government or potential governments spin the housing shortage toss we will see the house prices excused at their current levels.

There is no shortage of housing.

All it has ever been is a speculative market..

anyone here sleeping on the streets?>

Well that's pretty much what the LibDems were saying 1.5m homeless but 700,000 empty properties. Make those properties available and the problem is gone.

Perhaps if they proposed that any house/flat empty for 6months or more is used for social housing at a cheap rate (i.e. council house rate - £40ish a week) set by the council it would get my support and would upset BTL'ers, 2nd home owners and property developers (the inclusion of unsold new builds is a MUST) sitting on properties that are empty.

I can see advantages and disadvantages to this, ok it would on one hand it would help BTL'ers rent there properties but the amount of money they got probably wouldn't be enough to cover their mortgage, and some who expects £500per month for their flat will be pee'd off at getting only £160. It could give a crash a nice push by turning 'luxury' flat developments into 'luxury' council estates (kevin and chantelle chav would be over the moon) - think about all those developments where the majority of flats are empty either because they can't be sold or people can't find tennants.

Edited by mustrum_ridcully

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