Blame the politicians

Blame the politicians

Blame the politicians

First published in Letters by

HOWARD PERRY asks who I hold responsible for the housing debacle (Letters, January 27).

I blame all those politicians and bureaucrats who introduced so many ill-conceived policies and regulations that they destroyed the incentive to build new homes. All three main political groups are culpable to one degree or another.

Local authorities were given some discretion in the matter of affordable housing requirements. In York it was the Labour group who initiated and then vigorously pursued the ridiculous 50 per cent demand which did so much damage long before the credit crunch came along as a convenient excuse for the creators of this disaster.

Mr Perry claimed vindication of local Labour affordable housing policies without understanding the extent of the catastrophe or the responsibility that his party holds in causing it.

Those of us who used to build houses know only too well the true situation: that house building in York crashed as a direct consequence of Labour policies. We also know that construction is not going to surge ahead as predicted by politicians and other commentators who have never built anything themselves and just don’t know what they are talking about.

John Jones Former house-builder, Sand Hutton Manor, York.

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1:40pm Wed 29 Jan 14

tonyfromitaly says...

Perhaps someone could let us know exactly how many "affordable" houses have actually been procured. Please no spin, just keys handed over to someone who qualifies for social housing.
Cant be that difficult to count them.
Perhaps someone could let us know exactly how many "affordable" houses have actually been procured. Please no spin, just keys handed over to someone who qualifies for social housing. Cant be that difficult to count them. tonyfromitaly
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6:32pm Wed 29 Jan 14

roadwars says...

You could also blame the former housebuilders who benefitted massively from the boom in house prices with a 3-fold increase in costs of new build (after land purchase). Some are happy to retire quietly on their wealth, others sit in their Manor and moan tirelessly to the press about housebuilding policy forcing them out of their profession.
You could also blame the former housebuilders who benefitted massively from the boom in house prices with a 3-fold increase in costs of new build (after land purchase). Some are happy to retire quietly on their wealth, others sit in their Manor and moan tirelessly to the press about housebuilding policy forcing them out of their profession. roadwars
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8:11pm Wed 29 Jan 14

CaroleBaines says...

Housing shortage is clearly a national not local problem. We have had four years of Coalition rule now, Jones, but the situation remains the same. The 'its all Labour's fault' every week is getting tedious, incredulous and not a little dull.
Housing shortage is clearly a national not local problem. We have had four years of Coalition rule now, Jones, but the situation remains the same. The 'its all Labour's fault' every week is getting tedious, incredulous and not a little dull. CaroleBaines
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4:38pm Thu 30 Jan 14

bravo whisky says...

CaroleBaines states we have had four years of Coalition, quite correct, we also had thirteen years of Labour Government who did nothing regards reversing the Council House sell off brought in by Thatcher, therefore the dwindling list of available Council housing shrunk even more. The problem in York is exactly as you say, getting a little dull, but would you build houses under this Labour Councils requirements, hardly I think.
CaroleBaines states we have had four years of Coalition, quite correct, we also had thirteen years of Labour Government who did nothing regards reversing the Council House sell off brought in by Thatcher, therefore the dwindling list of available Council housing shrunk even more. The problem in York is exactly as you say, getting a little dull, but would you build houses under this Labour Councils requirements, hardly I think. bravo whisky
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