Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/973/26533

From The Socialist newspaper, 29 November 2017

Tory housing policy: build zilch, hike prices

Housing demo, London, 13.3.16, photo James Ivens

Housing demo, London, 13.3.16, photo James Ivens   (Click to enlarge)

We say: cap private rents and build council homes now

Dave Carr, East London Socialist Party

In his recent Budget speech, Chancellor Philip Hammond - to the delight of bleating Tory MPs - announced a cut in stamp duty on house sales, and measures to build 300,000 new homes a year.

As is always the case with Tory headline claims, the devil is in the detail. Closer inspection shows Hammond's housing initiatives don't amount to a hill of beans.

They plan to abolish stamp duty for first-time buyers on properties costing up to 300,000. And there will be 0% tax on the first 300,000 on properties costing up to 500,000.

But this will not reverse the trend in rising housing costs and declining home ownership.

Firstly, it will have little impact on property hotspots like London and the South East. And by the way, only the very affluent could afford the deposit and mortgage required on a 500,000 house - the average price in London.

Secondly, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility, "the main gainers from the policy are people who already own property, not the first-time buyers themselves." The cut in duty goes straight on the house price. This is based on evidence from a similar scheme New Labour's Gordon Brown introduced after the 2008 financial crisis.

But what about Hammond's other master stroke - building 300,000 new homes a year by pumping in 44 billion of investment?

The headline 44 billion investment is mostly in the form of loans and guarantees. According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the actual amount of new money is only 1.5 billion.

Compare that to the 20 billion the Tories have ripped out from UK housing projects - the equivalent of 280,000 homes, according to a Labour estimate.

Moreover, the latest house building announcement doesn't promise much more than the existing 'Starter Homes Initiative' introduced by the Tories in 2014.

Scandalously, it was revealed two days before the Budget that under this scheme not a single house has been built! The only beneficiaries appear to be the big builders.

The simple truth is that the last time any government built 300,000 homes was when it did it itself. Councils could start right now by building council homes. Jeremy Corbyn should tell them to do so, and pledge to reimburse them when in power.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 29 November 2017:


What we think

After the budget - unions must launch pay fight


Socialist Party news and analysis

Make the Tories history

Tory housing policy: build zilch, hike prices

Them & us


Socialist Students

Socialist Students day of action demands free education


Refugees

We're fighting for the right to live and work in Britain


Workplace news and analysis

Birmingham bin workers win!

North West: drivers and housing workers escalate strike wave

Kirklees bin workers ballot for strike over schedule and bullying

Brighton Uni lecturers strike against job cuts

DWP to outsource more work to Capita

PCS union says no to pay misery


NHS

Save Glenfield Children's Heart Centre! Save our NHS!

'Hands around HRI' to save Huddersfield A&E

Tyneside to protest against A&E and walk-in cuts


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Bristol libraries safe - for now - as council caves to pressure

Osborne evades Carlisle socialists

New ebook: Liverpool A City That Dared To Fight


Economy

Amber warning lights flash on British economy


 

Home   |   The Socialist 29 November 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Homes:

triangleStop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

triangleSix months on - still no justice for Grenfell

triangleThem & Us

triangleTwo in five 'right to buy' homes now for let

triangleRoyal wedding exposes them-and-us visa system

Housing:

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

triangleRough sleeping crisis: make homes, not arrests

triangleLabour council Blairites deselected

triangleThem & us

Rents:

trianglePosh estate agent's housing crisis solution: make your own sandwiches

triangleUS: Minneapolis Socialist chimes with voters

triangleYoung people being strangled by debts

Council:

triangleBlairite council 'all ears' to rich property developers

triangleBradford campaign to save children's services launched

Tories:

triangleUni market 'failure', two-year degrees - end cuts, scrap fees!

London:

triangleSouth London health bosses' cover-up

Budget:

triangleSocialist Students day of action demands free education

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

13/12/17

Labour

Labour 'purge' furore really just democracy

13/12/17

Brexit

Brexit deal no solution to Tory rifts

13/12/17

Housing

Two in five 'right to buy' homes now for let

13/12/17

NHS

Save our NHS

13/12/17

Them & Us

Them & Us

13/12/17

Fees

Uni market 'failure', two-year degrees - end cuts, scrap fees!

13/12/17

Retail

Retail sector crunch: nationalise to save jobs

8/12/17

Government

Local government pay: fight for the 5% claim, fully funded

6/12/17

Labour

Corbyn's Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

6/12/17

NHS

Branson sues NHS: kick out the profiteers

6/12/17

Immigration

Royal wedding exposes them-and-us visa system

6/12/17

Banks

RBS to sack 1,000: nationalise the banks

6/12/17

Homelessness

Rough sleeping crisis: make homes, not arrests

6/12/17

Poverty

End Tory war on poor

6/12/17

Rail

Nationalise rail now

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle14 Dec Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

triangle13 Dec Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

triangle13 Dec Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

triangle13 Dec Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

triangle13 Dec Trump's incendiary Jerusalem statement reignites Israeli-Palestinian...

triangle13 Dec Labour 'purge' furore really just democracy

EU parliament, Strasbourg

triangle13 Dec Brexit deal no solution to Tory rifts

More ...

triangle18 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Religion and Socialism

triangle19 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas social

triangle21 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Socialists and the National Question

triangle6 Jan Socialist Party national women's meeting

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2