Blame for houses

York Press: Blame for houses Blame for houses

COUNCILLOR Tracey Simpson-Laing (Letters, July 7) complains that house prices are too high.

Was it her party that introduced the 50 per cent affordable housing target that the house building industry could not implement? So, they simply shut the industry down.

As a result very few new houses were built – hence the prices of all the other houses went up. She has only her fellow politicians to blame.

Len Spray, Trent Avenue, Huntington, York.

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3:16pm Mon 14 Jul 14

julia brica says...

Len puts it in its most simplistic form and hits the nail right on the head.
Well said Len.
Len puts it in its most simplistic form and hits the nail right on the head. Well said Len. julia brica
  • Score: -8

4:38pm Mon 14 Jul 14

York2000 says...

Well said? The housing disaster started with the 1980's Conservative government, with the current Conservative led government doing its best to hike up house prices even more. Labour and Conservative are both responsible for this mess. What a petty, small minded letter.
Well said? The housing disaster started with the 1980's Conservative government, with the current Conservative led government doing its best to hike up house prices even more. Labour and Conservative are both responsible for this mess. What a petty, small minded letter. York2000
  • Score: 8

6:00pm Mon 14 Jul 14

last of the mandms says...

If you want the root cause of high house prices you need only to consider what council house sales have done to the market (sales and rental) add to that the buy to let market with its taxation bias towards purchasers who intend to rent the property out (tax relief on interest). Then add in governments of both persuasions obsession with maintaining high house prices and I would suggest you are a long way down the road to root cause.
If you want the root cause of high house prices you need only to consider what council house sales have done to the market (sales and rental) add to that the buy to let market with its taxation bias towards purchasers who intend to rent the property out (tax relief on interest). Then add in governments of both persuasions obsession with maintaining high house prices and I would suggest you are a long way down the road to root cause. last of the mandms
  • Score: 18

2:56pm Tue 15 Jul 14

CaroleBaines says...

York2000 wrote:
Well said? The housing disaster started with the 1980's Conservative government, with the current Conservative led government doing its best to hike up house prices even more. Labour and Conservative are both responsible for this mess. What a petty, small minded letter.
Absolutely. If there is one reason why house prices are so high, its probably the billions of new money the banks pumped into the UK economy pre-2008 crash, especially in the form of irresponsible lending. For this, both main governmental parties must share the blame.

But even this is only one aspect of a very complex causal picture - Mr Spray must think we are all fools to believe its to do with affordable homes policy.
[quote][p][bold]York2000[/bold] wrote: Well said? The housing disaster started with the 1980's Conservative government, with the current Conservative led government doing its best to hike up house prices even more. Labour and Conservative are both responsible for this mess. What a petty, small minded letter.[/p][/quote]Absolutely. If there is one reason why house prices are so high, its probably the billions of new money the banks pumped into the UK economy pre-2008 crash, especially in the form of irresponsible lending. For this, both main governmental parties must share the blame. But even this is only one aspect of a very complex causal picture - Mr Spray must think we are all fools to believe its to do with affordable homes policy. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 10

4:44pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Pinza-C55 says...

As said before, the Tory inspired council house sales, which to their shame were carried on by Labour, are one factor.
Also in York many houses are converted into multiple student lets, thus taking those houses off the market and reducing the available stock.
As said before, the Tory inspired council house sales, which to their shame were carried on by Labour, are one factor. Also in York many houses are converted into multiple student lets, thus taking those houses off the market and reducing the available stock. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 15

8:15am Wed 16 Jul 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

Aw, you have to LOL sometimes.

Simplistic - facile, lacking detail, oversimplified, incomplete (and according to Oxford "so as to deliberately mislead or distort)

Simple - easy to understand, concise, clear.

Blaming one woman as Len Spray does for a nationwide phenomenon shows callous disregard for reality.
Aw, you have to LOL sometimes. Simplistic - facile, lacking detail, oversimplified, incomplete (and according to Oxford "so as to deliberately mislead or distort) Simple - easy to understand, concise, clear. Blaming one woman as Len Spray does for a nationwide phenomenon shows callous disregard for reality. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: -2
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