|HOUSING CRISIS TAP letter in The Guardian – 9th Jan 2017
While MPs and peers were away on their Christmas break the Resolution Foundation showed that half the UK population do not own their own homes, when properly counted. The housing crisis festered. Politicians return to parliament with no immediate plans to relieve those renters suffering now from overcrowding, debt, eviction, homelessness, hunger and ill health.
That crisis has grown out of the 30 years’ total failure, both practical and moral, of the market to provide enough affordable homes to rent or to buy. 200,000 new homes in 14 new villages in an unreformed UK housing market will guarantee more and ever bigger housing crises.
Recycling these announcements does not address the immediate crisis. The emergency response now required from government is to freeze all rent increases, prior to reintroducing rent controls, and to tax all unused land, like the 600,000 unused plots owned by the big builders.
Rev Paul Nicolson Taxpayers Against Poverty, Dr Stephen Battersby MBE, , Fred Harrison Land Research Trust, Dr Duncan Pickard, Liz Davies Barrister.
TODAYS EVENT GOES AHEAD DESPITE TUBE STRIKE IN LONDON
HOUSING CRISIS TAP is asking 18,600 Facebook UK followers to ring alarm bells at MPs surgeries and demand action now – the more the merrier.
HOUSING CRISIS – Taxpayers against Poverty demands immediate action:
1. An immediate rent freeze for a year in all sectors private, registered social landlords and councils, while rent regulations are brought in,
2. All land owners to pay an annual ground rent to the government to force the use of unused land and empty property. Builders’ land banks own 600,000 plots of unused land. They cannot put land in an overseas taxfree Bank