Friday, Apr 24, 2015

How about a genuinely radical housing policy – a free market

Telegraph: How about a genuinely radical housing policy – a free market

The housing market has been distorted for decades by one government after another. From great waves of council house building in the immediate post-war years, to tax relief on mortgage interest payments, to sell-offs of state housing, to keeping property taxes low, and restrictions on building in the most popular areas, fix has been piled upon fix until a functioning market has just about ceased to exist.

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1. cornishman said...

The comments below the article make interesting reading.

Friday, April 24, 2015 08:49AM Report Comment
 

2. pete green said...

I agree with most of the article but think Council housing, as long as it is in addition and not substitution, frees up the market in many respects and reduces monopoly. Therefore I agree with the Greens if they allow, the private development of land especially replenishment, renovation and development of brown field sites. Also the greens hopefully will allow development that is on greenfield sites that can enhance ecology such as the development projects we have seen on Denmark and Holland where strategic nature corridors and wildlife areas are integral to private housing and living developments on farmers fields, which enhance the overall ecological worth of a site.

Friday, April 24, 2015 10:06AM Report Comment
 

3. clockslinger said...

There is only one reason for this article, to get this line of propaganda in: "The Conservatives have better intentions....... The Help-To-Buy scheme was perhaps unfairly criticised – kick-starting the housing market is one of the few sure-fire ways of helping the UK economy"
See? Course they do! Even when they deliberately inflate the market with my tax they really have nice intentions, not like those other incompetents.
Anyone else (apart from the author) think the help to buy scheme was "unfairly criticised"? (Perhaps he should have a nature corridor across his desk? There'd be less s**t on his laptop then.)

Friday, April 24, 2015 03:14PM Report Comment
 

4. reticent said...

This is the same idiot who wrote a defense of BTL along the lines of "landlords are entrepreneurs who should be encouraged".

The greens are clearly crackers but borrowing to build council houses rather than scapegoating private tenants receiving Housing Benefit that only landlords ever get to spend is the only sensible housing policy on offer in this election.

He casually makes out like it's a huge waste of public money when it would save more in HB than it would cost in interest, not to mention the jobs it would create and supply issues it would address.

Some interesting points here but mostly this guy is useless. Warner and AEP are the Telegraph highlights now that Oborne has left.

Friday, April 24, 2015 09:08PM Report Comment
 

5. reticent said...

@2&3 Sorry i meant to say i agree with both of you.

I know it's election season but much of this is Tory apologist rubbish.

Friday, April 24, 2015 09:22PM Report Comment
 

6. sneaker said...

Sure, sell it all to China and see how well it works.

Saturday, April 25, 2015 06:07PM Report Comment
 

7. vinrouge said...

The conversion of green belt land into building land should only take place with land that is publicly owned.
Any suitable land could be brought into public ownership by compusory purchase if necessary.

Saturday, April 25, 2015 08:40PM Report Comment
 

8. vinrouge said...

The conversion of green belt land into building land should only take place with land that is publicly owned.
Any suitable land could be brought into public ownership by compusory purchase if necessary.

Saturday, April 25, 2015 08:42PM Report Comment
 

9. cornishman said...

How about a genuinely radical housing policy â a free market

Does everyone else see a circumflex over the a before 'a free market' - or is it that my computer is set up wrongly?

All I did was copy and paste the title from the Telegraph article. The hyphen turned into a circumflex. Anybody any ideas?

Sunday, April 26, 2015 09:38AM Report Comment
 

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