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Ruth Kelly has got stuck into her new job and come out with something sensbile straight away - the need to build new houses. All Prescott ever managed was to demolish large sections of decent housing up North and faff around with "brownfield" sites.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4753187.stm

She said it was important both to build social housing and to ensure young people could get on the housing ladder because it gave them a stake in their communities.

That may mean, for example, changing the planning regulations to make sure that more housing comes forward.

There is a need for more affordable homes to be built and that is going to be a personal priority for me.

Whether anything will come of it, we will just have to see, but it is clear that the supply of social housing will benefit the less well-off and also have an impact on the overall market for both rent and house prices.

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Ruth Kelly has got stuck into her new job and come out with something sensbile straight away - the need to build new houses. All Prescott ever managed was to demolish large sections of decent housing up North and faff around with "brownfield" sites.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4753187.stm

Whether anything will come of it, we will just have to see, but it is clear that the supply of social housing will benefit the less well-off and also have an impact on the overall market for both rent and house prices.

Is she regarded as a "brownite"? I'm not convinced that Gordon is in favour of high house prices. I believe he has some deep-seated socialist values which would come to the fore if he was to be PM. I also believe this is the major bone of contention between him and Tory Tony.

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Ruth Kelly and social housing?

If you have ever been to "The Pungle" in Westhoughton (her constituency) you will see social housing at its best!

Former resident - http://news.bbc.co.uk/nolpda/ukfs_news/hi/...000/4493284.stm

At least 10 houses are up for swopping, all wishing to move to different areas, details here - http://www.homesforyou.org.uk/cgi-bin/site...t2=Westhoughton

Reckons she can solve it all with Thames Gateway, eh?

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Is she regarded as a "brownite"? I'm not convinced that Gordon is in favour of high house prices. I believe he has some deep-seated socialist values which would come to the fore if he was to be PM. I also believe this is the major bone of contention between him and Tory Tony.

That's the funniest thing I've seen today. Why was he throwing big tax breaks at rich property investors then?

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That's the funniest thing I've seen today. Why was he throwing big tax breaks at rich property investors then?

Maybe it was to appease them after picking their pockets over pensions.

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The housing situation is finally coming to the front line of the political agenda and rightly so! Ruth Kelly did seem to talk some sense on the 'Today' program this morning on radio 4.

I have heard maybe 4/5 interviews with Gordon Brown in the last week and in everyone he has mentioned the lack of affordable housing and how is needs to be sorted out.

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How about a penal tax on buy to letters, second home owners and chelsea tractor drivers to pay for that affordable housing - bring it on Gordon! Also let's abolish stamp duty and instead impose capital gains tax on house sellers - with tapers so that people who buy a house for life and move less frequently pay less tax! Also make property owners pay council tax - not tenants. Several good ideas for bringing house prices down!

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I have heard maybe 4/5 interviews with Gordon Brown in the last week and in everyone he has mentioned the lack of affordable housing and how is needs to be sorted out.

His immediate resignation and suicide would be a big help.

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Having a listened to Ruth Kelly's interview on R4, I can conclude that that she is full of crap and will do nothing. She was crowing on about building 30,000 new council houses per year (1m on waiting list, 100,000 homeless families) and in the same breath as affordable housing mentioned shared equity schemes.

It seems she started out with the right attitude, but has been put "on message" about how housing really works in the UK. I.e. it is the goose that lays the golden eggs and must not be upset. <_<

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Ruth Kelly has got stuck into her new job and come out with something sensbile straight away - the need to build new houses. All Prescott ever managed was to demolish large sections of decent housing up North and faff around with "brownfield" sites.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4753187.stm

Whether anything will come of it, we will just have to see, but it is clear that the supply of social housing will benefit the less well-off and also have an impact on the overall market for both rent and house prices.

Of course we need more social housing for all those 'something for nothings' who were living in social housing, bought them at a discount, spent all the available equity on the good life, then went bankrupt, paid nobody, & must be re-housed because they are homeless & "it ain't their fault".

Or am I being a bit harsh?

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Of course we need more social housing for all those 'something for nothings' who were living in social housing, bought them at a discount, spent all the available equity on the good life, then went bankrupt, paid nobody, & must be re-housed because they are homeless & "it ain't their fault".

Or am I being a bit harsh?

Rather harsh I think considering I live in social housing work have a degree and MA.

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Today it will be a need to build social housing.

Tomorrow it will be some bright spark civil servant pointing out all these empty 'executive' style appartments and... problem solved.

I really would stay well clear of buying an 'executive' appartment for this very reason.

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Rather harsh I think considering I live in social housing work have a degree and MA.

The barbed comments are aimed purely at those aspiring to be supported by workers such as yourself after first having a beano at somebody elses expense.

I trust you are not in this category therefore apologise if I have offended.

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Of course we need more social housing for all those 'something for nothings' who were living in social housing, bought them at a discount, spent all the available equity on the good life, then went bankrupt, paid nobody, & must be re-housed because they are homeless & "it ain't their fault".

Or am I being a bit harsh?

No - not harsh at all. In fact it will be a practical money-saving strategy compared to the bill for

bed & breakfast emergency accommodation that is due to mount up over the next 5 years !!

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Its just nonsense, prob. to placate activists working for the party.

You cannot have an economic policy entirely based on mass immigration, and hope to belatedly build affordable housing as an afterthought.

The latest deceit/spin is to win votes with meaningless affordable housing soundbites and headlines, which can't make a jot of difference in terms of numbers.

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