5,000 new homes are being provided alongside our waterways in the next five years. The proceeds are used to keep our canals, rivers, reservoirs, and docks in good repair.
It is quite possible to build attractive new homes – and to use some of the proceeds to enhance the environment.
That is bigger than the size of Surrey. The MOD also holds “rights” to another half a million acres.
Only a thousand acres are being released for housing, despite far more being surplus to requirements.
Government departments are too slow to release land for disposal – frustrating the chance for new homes.
A regular theme of Ed Miliband's speeches is to attack capitalism indirectly. Rather than the sort of full fronted assault his father came up with Miliband jnr take care to target bits of it that are unpopular – like the newspapers or the bankers…or the sardine importers. So his speech at the weekend attacking "land […]
Countries like Saudi Arabia give every adult a plot of land on which to build a home. In the UK roughly half the cost of a home is the cost of the land.
Andy Street has pursued a brownfield-first policy, with the only exception being around the new High Speed 2 Solihull Rail Station.
I suggest an “all-monetarist shortlist” for appointments to the Monetary Policy Committee in the near future, to address the collective delusions that blessed us with this current bout of inflation.
Miles Bassett is not alone in claiming that an excess of libertarianism is at the root of our problems. But the Government’s record refutes the claim.
The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank doesn’t spell the end of capitalism as we know it. But the need to reform the system, uncompleted after the financial crash, is as urgent as ever.
It exercises its independence selectively, and losses can generate a huge bill for taxpayers with no oversight from ministers.
If we instituted the measure I propose, it would do more to help young people become homeowners than anything proposed by the target-obsessed.