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Housing is a top issue for voters

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Housing is a top issue for voters previous nextHousing MarketHousing is a top issue for votersGeneral Election 2015: Research shows housing is high on voters’ list of concerns as campaign begins.PROPERTYdrum31st March 20150540 Views One of the most closely contested General Elections for decades is now formally under way, with the NHS, economy, immigration, welfare and jobs all high on the political agenda.But housing is also a major concern for many voters and could prove a key electoral battleground for the various political parties, according to pollster Ipsos Mori.Ipsos Mori’s latest Issues Index reveals that 14 per cent of voters currently rank housing as among the most important issues facing the country, up from 5 per cent in 2010, as more people struggle to afford to buy their own home in light of higher property prices and a general housing shortage.The Conservative party, which has reformed the planning system and introduced various Government initiatives including its flagship Help to Buy scheme since coming to power in 2010, has vowed to boost the level of discounted starter homes available for first-time buyers under the age of 40 if re-elected in May.Writing in PROPERTYdrum magazine, Brandon Lewis (left), the Housing and Planning Minister, said, “We’ve supported the aspirations of hard-working people. Help to Buy is enabling homeowners to purchase with a fraction of the deposit they would normally require, and leading developers say they are building more homes as a result.“Years of the last Government’s top-down housing targets had pitted communities against developers and built nothing but resentment. We radically reformed the planning system to put local people back in control. The result? Support for new house building rose sharply.”Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), is among those senior property experts delighted to see the Conservative party “place housing on an equal footing with health and education”. However, he still believes that far too few new build homes are being proposed “when we need to be building 240,000 new homes every year”.Labour has vowed to develop 200,000 new homes per year by 2020 to help alleviate the housing shortage should it win the election. The party also want to introduce a mansion tax for homes worth £2 million-plus, along with greater rent controls and longer tenancy agreements, among a host of other housing-related measures.Writing in The Negotiator magazine, Emma Reynolds (right), the Shadow Minister for Housing, commented, “Labour is committed to tackling the housing shortage and we have set out a comprehensive plan to get at least 200,000 homes built a year by 2020. Under our plan, we want to see all local communities take responsibility for their own future and plan for the homes local people need. A Labour Government will make it compulsory for every local authority to have a plan which sets out how it intends to meet local housing needs.”Elsewhere, in spite of weaker support, the Liberal Democrats will be hoping to win enough seats to see it return to Government as part of a Coalition, in the event of another hung parliament. They hope that their ambitious plans to deliver 300,000 new homes per year and introduce higher council tax bands will help to woo voters.General Election help to buy housing shortage first-time buyers March 31, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicensed rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

A free glide

first_imgPhilip Gittens, a wholesale baker in Hull, who runs the Crusty Cob, has recently launched his latest invention after receiving a £25,000 European grant.The castors, called Gliderz, were invented after his wife had trouble moving heavy tables. “The only way my wife could clean was to take everything off the table. I said I might be able to invent something to make it easier to move. So I did,” Gittens told British Baker.Business Link, which provided the grant, was set up as part of the government’s campaign to promote enterprise in the UK and is funded by Regional Development Agencies and a number of other government departments and local authorities.Gliderz have a polypropylene and glass design, stainless steel bearings and a 360-degree turning circle. They are dishwasher-proof, will fit 32mm, 36mm and 80mm legs and work on any solid floor. They self-lock when weight is applied to a table.The castors are on sale through WDS, a components company in Leeds.last_img read more

Fresh style breathes new life into Gold Coast home

first_img12 Beverley Cres, Broadbeach Waters.WHEN Scott and Bridget Aggett bought this Broadbeach Waters property, they knew the house was going to need more than a fresh lick of paint and some tender love and care. They spared no expense in their attempt to breath new life into it, stripping it back to the bare bones. 12 Beverley Cres, Broadbeach Waters. 12 Beverley Cres, Broadbeach Waters. “That was the sole reason I bought it,” Mr Aggett said. “We basically rebuilt the whole thing.”The two-storey home that now stands on the property at 12 Beverley Cres showcases modern luxury at its very best.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMr Aggett said it was much bigger and luxurious than anything they could afford while living in Sydney. “The space, the light, the luxury – it’s a whole new world for us,” Mr Aggett said. “This is our dream home.” 12 Beverley Cres, Broadbeach Waters.Its minimalist style with a white palette and splashes of wood and grey give it a fresh feel. It has five bedrooms, three of which are downstairs while two are upstairs. The open kitchen, living and dining area flows onto an alfresco deck, which overlooks a pool and the canal.“The beauty of this house, and why I bought it, is you look across the water and into a bush reserve,” Mr Aggett said.“There’s no house looking back at us.” 12 Beverley Cres, Broadbeach Waters. While reluctant to sell, they have decided to take on another renovation project.“We’re very proud of what’ve done but hopefully it will be a beautiful home for another family to enjoy.Jordan Williams of Kollosche Prestige Agents is marketing the property at $2.595 million.last_img read more