House and home

House and home

House and home

First published in Letters by

 HAZEL WARD (Letters, August 1) said I continue to ‘bleat’ about housing in York. I would like to apologise if this is the perceived case, but it is an issue very important to York families that Labour and myself are addressing.

Hazel said: “In the olden days a couple got engaged, lived with their parents, saved for a deposit, got married and moved into the house they worked for, continued working, then when they could afford it had children.” She went on to argue that couples should be married and secure a home before having children.

Last year, the housing charity Shelter published a report that said it could take up to 15 years for the average person to be able to put down a deposit in York.

Changes in the institution of marriage didn’t lead to York’s homes crisis, a lack of housing supply did.

Years ago the differentials between wages and house prices or even rents, were not as stark as they are now. Labour and I believe hard working families deserve the same chance their parents had.

Cllr James Alexander, Labour Leader, City of York Council.

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11:27am Fri 15 Aug 14

The Great Buda says...

"hard working families deserve the same chance their parents had."

Nail on the head.
"hard working families deserve the same chance their parents had." Nail on the head. The Great Buda
  • Score: 15

4:06pm Fri 15 Aug 14

julia brica says...

And who ??? is responsible for the lack of housing supply James ?
Who has made things so difficult for house builders to build houses that they have upped sticks and left the town to its fate.
Read this whilst looking in a mirror James.
And who ??? is responsible for the lack of housing supply James ? Who has made things so difficult for house builders to build houses that they have upped sticks and left the town to its fate. Read this whilst looking in a mirror James. julia brica
  • Score: -7

9:51pm Fri 15 Aug 14

oi oi savaloy says...

And yet, he continues to "bleat on"!
Nay mind his "bleating" next year will be "would you like to go large, sir?" (that is if even McDonalds would have him by then?)
And yet, he continues to "bleat on"! Nay mind his "bleating" next year will be "would you like to go large, sir?" (that is if even McDonalds would have him by then?) oi oi savaloy
  • Score: -9

10:08pm Sat 16 Aug 14

nowthen says...

The Great Buda wrote:
"hard working families deserve the same chance their parents had."

Nail on the head.
I agree , unfortunately the social housing stock has a disproportionately large burden of feckless single mothers , benefit scroungers and others whom the bleeding heart socialists deem more worthy than the hard working self reliant. Or could it be that the former are more likely to vote Labour ? Labour , the politics of envy and votes for benefits.
[quote][p][bold]The Great Buda[/bold] wrote: "hard working families deserve the same chance their parents had." Nail on the head.[/p][/quote]I agree , unfortunately the social housing stock has a disproportionately large burden of feckless single mothers , benefit scroungers and others whom the bleeding heart socialists deem more worthy than the hard working self reliant. Or could it be that the former are more likely to vote Labour ? Labour , the politics of envy and votes for benefits. nowthen
  • Score: -8

9:35am Sun 17 Aug 14

Dr Robert says...

Surely the Press can put a stop to the idiot who distorts any common sense issues on this site, or is it Mr Alexanders remaining Labour supporters , all 25 of them who take to the issues they do not like.
Surely the Press can put a stop to the idiot who distorts any common sense issues on this site, or is it Mr Alexanders remaining Labour supporters , all 25 of them who take to the issues they do not like. Dr Robert
  • Score: -8

11:39am Sun 17 Aug 14

julia brica says...

Dr Robert wrote:
Surely the Press can put a stop to the idiot who distorts any common sense issues on this site, or is it Mr Alexanders remaining Labour supporters , all 25 of them who take to the issues they do not like.
You mean like the minus 50 I got for mentioning that Bile beans being a "cure all" could possible cure the looney left leanings of James, Dave and Tracie. Must have touched a nerve !
[quote][p][bold]Dr Robert[/bold] wrote: Surely the Press can put a stop to the idiot who distorts any common sense issues on this site, or is it Mr Alexanders remaining Labour supporters , all 25 of them who take to the issues they do not like.[/p][/quote]You mean like the minus 50 I got for mentioning that Bile beans being a "cure all" could possible cure the looney left leanings of James, Dave and Tracie. Must have touched a nerve ! julia brica
  • Score: -8

3:29pm Mon 18 Aug 14

bravo whisky says...

Spot on Julia brica, either the IT man at the Press is not earning his money, or, their is some freak out there with nothing else better to do than press a button over a thousand times, or it is York Labour party lashing out at things they do not like, does the truth hurt Mr Alexander and friends.
Spot on Julia brica, either the IT man at the Press is not earning his money, or, their is some freak out there with nothing else better to do than press a button over a thousand times, or it is York Labour party lashing out at things they do not like, does the truth hurt Mr Alexander and friends. bravo whisky
  • Score: -9

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