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The government has no answer to our ever accelerating housing crisis


Published Aug 02, 2016

Andrew-Charalambous-1.jpgThe news that home ownership has plunged to the lowest level since 1986 is no surprise. The government has no answer to our ever accelerating housing crisis says UKIP Housing Spokesman Andrew Charalambous.

Andrew Charalambous said, “UKIP has time and time again put forward firm proposals for a brownfield revolution which would have let us exploit our country's most unproductive land and building sites. Instead, the government along with the rest of the political elite continue to promote the need to build on our outstanding green belt and green spaces.

“Two thirds of Brits now say that affordability is the key barrier to them owning their own home and the lack of affordability underlies the stark inequality in our nation. It is also evidence of a housing policy which simply does not produce enough housing to meet the needs of an ever growing population.”

He added, “Three things must be done immediately. Firstly, we must merge planning and building control in local authorities thus cutting the cost of development. Secondly, the government should remove VAT from conversion costs making these homes more affordable. Finally, we must stop talking down the post-Brexit economy potentially stopped thousands of Brits from taking the step of making their way onto the property ladder for the first time."

“UKIP remains committed to a housing policy which is dedicated to strengthening our communities and ensuring that where we live is a matter of choice not chance.”

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