Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Coalition: Programme for Government

Communities and local government

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4 thoughts on “The Coalition: Programme for Government

  • little professor says:

    Some of the more interesting pledges:

    We will provide more protection against aggressive bailiffs and unreasonable charging orders, ensure that courts have the power to insist that repossession is always a last resort, and ban orders for sale on unsecured debts of less than £25,000.

    We will promote shared ownership schemes and help social tenants and others to own or part-own their home.

    We will explore a range of measures to bring empty homes into use.

    We will freeze Council Tax in England for at least one year, and seek to freeze it for a further year, in partnership with local authorities.

    We will create directly elected mayors in the 12 largest English cities, subject to confirmatory referendums and full scrutiny by elected councillors.

    We will review the effectiveness of the raising of the stamp duty threshold for first-time buyers.

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  • In many ways this is a bit like an old Labour agenda, but with the Marxism stripped out..

    ..why, after 13 years of Nu Labour, does it take a Tory coalition to acknowledge that consumers’ weaknesses are being exploited by the credit industry, and that some restrictions and safeguards are needed?

    Almost everyone has had first hand encounters with friends or relatives who are not good with money, and get lured into horrendous debt – yet nothing has been done to kerb these legalised loan sharks..

    ..let’s hope the measures are more than just a paper tiger..

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  • “We will explore a range of measures to bring empty homes into use.”

    that sounds like it might have legs…

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  • hash browne says:


    Pre-election, Clegg was talking about possibly handing out grants to owners of empty properties to help refurbish them for selling or letting.

    The intent is good but unfortunately it’ll be more handouts to lazy landlords.

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