You know who is to blame for the housing shortage in this country? No, not the under-occupiers of social housing. The government.
The United Kingdom has always been a densely populated country, and has never had a surplus of good standard, reasonably priced accommodation, either for rent or to buy. We have experienced a significant increase in population in the last 10 years as a direct result of governments policies. We did not need more people. We did need more work and more accommodation.
Now as the crisis in accommodation has become too big an elephant to sweep under the carpet, and homelessness has reached heights never before seen, the government has identified its scapegoat du jour for the housing crisis.
Under-occupiers of social housing.
The reality of the situation is that the government took an existing problem, shortage of decent affordable accommodation, and has magnified it into a huge problem that affects most people in the country with the exception of the wealthy elite, who are profiting from the situation.
We have seen how successfully, ruthlessly and swiftly the government forced through legislation to impose the bedroom tax. Well, let’s see the same swift, ruthless legislation directed at the following areas. The problem can be solved.
AREAS GOVT COULD ADDRESS TO SOLVE THE HOUSING AND ACCOMMODATION CRISIS
1. Multiple home ownership
2. House buying speculation due to low bank interest rates
3. Foreign buyers inflating house prices
4. Buy-to-let entrepeneurs buying up cheap housing
5. Under-taxation (Council Tax) of millionaire mansions
6. Sky-high rents due to removal of rent controls
7. Land speculators just holding land, not building on it
8. Absence of small homes for people to down-size to
9. Under-use of “holiday” homes
10. Restrictions on parents using accommodation in their own gardens for their children
11. Restrictions on people living on land they own
12. Restrictions on location of eco-friendly homes
13. Restrictions on where tiny homes and static caravans can be placed
14. Change of use of small retail premises for residential use
15. Conversion of garages
16. Derelict premises could be restored ( and give the unemployed real work to do and real skills)
17. Withdrawal of Wardens in sheltered accommodation
18. Control of service charges in sheltered accommodation
19. Prevention of arbitrary charging in caravan sites
20. Restrictions on farmers allowing caravans on land
The government inhibits alternatives to over-priced accommodation and pretends this isn’t part of the problem. The government has the power to solve the housing problem. It doesn’t want to.