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Offline Bob DeBilda

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The real reason the government wants more housing built
« on: December 02, 2016, 09:42:37 am »
We know the government doesn't give a toss about homeless people.

The real reason they want to build at least 100,000 extra homes each year is to boost the economy! They would rather 'pave' the countryside and destroy natural habitat  than spend money on actually refurbishing / renovating empty buildings etc. to home people that actually are homeless. Not just people who want 'cheaper' housing. There is a difference.

If you can be bothered, then read this;

But here is a brief summary of what it says.

The UK should increase annual supply of homes by at least 100,000. Achieving this would mean:

£1.1bn more net capital expenditure

£13.6bn Increase in economic output

430,000 extra jobs

£1.2bn more tax paid

£432M extra investment in local infrastructure

£3.2bn resident spending on goods and services

These extra benefits would be additional to the economic footprint of the current supply of 140,000 new homes.

No mention of actually helping homeless people! Strange that?

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Re: The real reason the government wants more housing built
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2016, 10:46:52 am »
We have had this discussion before, and I think we agree that simply to build more houses is not the answer, the market has to change we have to supply more affordable housing.
Right to buy has caused a significant shortage of affordable rented accommodation, if councils were allowed to build more houses for rent, to replace those sold under the right to buy scheme, rents would drop, supply and demand.
If the right to buy is removed and more affordable houses built for sale, and by local authorities to rent, supply would outstrip demand, rents and house prices would stabilise and the market would change.
 “We will build a million new homes in five years, with at least half a million council homes, through our public investment strategy. We will end insecurity for private renters by introducing rent controls, secure tenancies and a charter of private tenants’ rights, and increase access to affordable home ownership”

Jeremy Corbyn’s bold plans for tackling the country’s housing crisis include investment in council housing with a focus on private sector rent regulation and strengthening tenants’ rights with a key assurance to support homes for vulnerable people and disabled people.

Investing in housing

For decades we have failed to build the homes we need, now we have soaring house prices and rents as demand outstrips supply – and we have failed to provide sufficient numbers of homes for social rent available to citizens on low and median incomes. The withdrawal of local councils as a large scale provider and builder of homes led to a huge drop off in the number of homes being built every year. We need to make sure we are making “homes” not assets.

We will rebuild and transform Britain by building council homes and homes that first-time buyers can afford. 

We will build a million new homes in the first five years, with at least half a million council homes, through our strategy of investing £500 billion in our economy, including on housing. 

We will look at ways to securely expand local authority mortgage lending.

Where we are investing directly it will be part of our strategy to link housing investment to the creation of decent work.

-Right to Buy has dramatically eroded our council housing stock. We will end Right to Buy, including ending its extension to Housing Associations and the reversing the other de-stabilising measures in the Housing and Planning Act. 

We must also return to having regional home building targets to ensure homes are built in every area, so that rural areas benefit from building council homes as well as our urban centres and that no one is left behind and ensure that accessible housing for disabled people is built.

The result of these policies would to make housing less of an investment opportunity, and more of a fulfilment of a social need, but would provide a boost to the economy.
Sensible planning, and the use of brown field sites will reduce the impact on the environment but with the ever increasing population more housing is needed.