Thursday, January 22, 2015

Journalist forgets to take his medication

The Tories need to make a fantastic offer to win the election - here's a suggestion

"Sometimes, the best ideas are the oldest, or at least turbo-charged versions of Eighties policies. The Tories should pledge to launch a great council house giveaway – not a mere sale – if they are elected. Anyone who lives in social housing, including those owned by local associations, and who has been in work for the past year should be gifted their council home ... Admittedly, in some ways the policy would be grotesquely unfair. Most people have had to work terribly hard for their homes; yet millions would suddenly be given one for free. It would not directly help the growing number of poor, private renters on housing benefit – but then Help to Buy was equally “unfair”, yet was a huge success. The advantages of a housing giveaway far outweigh the downsides."

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8 thoughts on “Journalist forgets to take his medication

  • Why not gift all council housing to BTL landlords…..match each house in their portfolio with a gifted council house

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  • After enacting this policy to great fanfare, Tories subsequently admit that there are in fact no council houses left.

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  • Bizarre…what we actually need is to stop right to buy and build more council houses

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  • The Tories need to make a fantastic offer to win the election

    They all resign and leave politics?

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  • OK, if a covenant is placed on the deed that it cannot be sold or rented out for more than rebuild cost. Then again, that’s exactly the same as council housing, just with a bigger black market? What a doos. How about scrapping section 106 and affordable housing requirements on new developments and just requiring that all rental income over amortised rebuild and maintenance and a reasonable say 10% profit be handed back to the public? This nice revenue stream can them be used to neutralise the Housing Benefit bill, and then reduce tax on earned income, profits and turnover. No one losses out, the value of the land that does not exist before the government creates it doesn’t belong to anyone so it can’t be taken away.

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  • MW always talked down Alastair Heath and now I see why.

    This is literally the stupidest article about housing I’ve ever read.

    Talk about partisan nonsense, it sounds like he’d nuke everyone in the country to ensure the Tories won the election, y’know, for the good of the country. He might as well have advocated deporting labour voters or exterminating the poor.

    What a complete tool.

    No prizes for guessing how many ex-council properties he rents to HB claimants.

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  • I have an additional idea: to give voters over 60 in in marginal seats the Right-To-Buy a council house at 70% discount with a 90% government guaranteed mortgage, even if they don’t live in that house, and an obligation on councils to rent the houses just bought at full market rates.

    This is fair, because it means that potential Tory voters who mostly have cash instead of having speculated on property get their turn at the great money making machine.

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  • Why not? They’ve got away with giving the health service, water companies, telecoms, railways, prisons and police stations to their sponsors at G4S and nobody seemed to mind too much.

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