Housing is rarely a happy subject to talk about for younger Britons. But a series of graphs and statistics published yesterday by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows how truly dire the situation has become.
Senior Tory lives in home bought with government-backed mortgage Benefits from interest-free lending while others struggle Hypocrite voted to allow massive hikes on student loans Help To Buy is spun as a government scheme which is offering young people the chance for their family to own a home. Young people like … errrrrrr … 63 year-old Tory MP and eurosceptic leader Peter Bone.
The latest edition of the Commons register of members interests has revealed George Osborne received a freebie £8,000 helicopter ride from a property-developing Tory donor who stands to benefit from planning reforms. Sounds pretty dodgy, right?
At least 73 of the MPs who rejected proposals to ensure rented homes are “fit for human habitation” are themselves residential landlords, Political Scrapbook can reveal.
A company owned by a nationalist MP linked to a mortgage fraud investigation boasted about flogging Scottish social housing to English investors at dramatically reduced prices, Scrapbook can reveal.
Malcolm Rifkind’s presumptive successor as MP for Kensington is off to an uncertain start if her performance at a recent Age UK hustings is anything to go by.
The wheels are already coming off the Tories’ new ‘sell off all the social housing worth selling’ manifesto pledge.
After Natalie Bennet’s performance last week, one might assume that whoever the Tories put up to front their new housing policy would know what they were talking about. Errrr, nope: Apparently it is “very clear”: “How we are going to pay for it’s very clear, actually. As a result of our long term economic plan … […]
More on the “success” that is Iain Duncan Smith’s Universal Credit: Last year social landlords were warning that replacing housing benefit (with payments to them) with Universal Credit (and direct payments to tenants) would prove a nightmare for those that had difficulty managing their money — and could possibly lead to evictions. And so it has […]
Labour’s plans for three-year tenancy agreements and predictable rent changes have been described as “Venezuelan-style rent controls” by the Tories — hardly a surprise given that nearly a third of their MPs are landlords. Analysis of the current Register of Members’ Interests conducted by Scrapbook shows that 89 of the entries for the Tories’ 305 MPs contain references to “rental […]