By Christopher Holmes
In 1945 the Labour executive got down to permit every body to have an honest domestic, the place humans from all walks of lifestyles might reside jointly. This dream was once destroyed by means of a succession of avoidable errors and nearly all people now turns out to think that it truly is most unlikely to rediscover that imaginative and prescient. This publication demanding situations that fatalism, tracing the coverage error that experience given upward thrust to this inequitable country from the folly of mass housing to the unfair tax privileges of many householders. Holmes describes and advocates a brand new imaginative and prescient for the recent millennium, discovering recommendations variously in improvement, making plans, fiscal constructions, social reform, and political reassessment to slender the distance among wealthy and terrible and let humans in all housing tenures to eventually have a choice.
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The cause of the decline was a combination of more attractive opportunities for capital investment and a falling demand for new homes. As the famous Rowntree poverty studies shockingly showed there were millions of people living in squalid and over-crowded dwellings—the problem was that they lacked the money to pay the rents for better homes. During the inter-war period private landlords, whose prospective returns were limited by rent control and who were given no help from public subsidy, played only a small role.
It commanded widespread political, professional and public support for the social and environmental benefits it promised. What it also meant was that inner city local authorities had no option but to build most new rented homes at high densities within their own boundaries. Beleaguered by the pressures from thousands of families wanting re-housing, hemmed in by political resistance to building council houses in the middle class suburbs, and bribed by a subsidy system biased towards high-rise development, too many local authorities uncritically accepted the new building systems.
In doing this, it challenged the deeply ingrained attitudes that see rising house prices as desirable, because they increase housing wealth and potential spending power. Among the findings were: • In 2002 only 37 per cent of new households could afford to buy a home, compared to 46 per cent in the late 1980s. • As a result of house prices rising by more than the average in other European countries, each first time buyer has paid £32,000 more for their home than elsewhere in Europe. • Higher house prices have benefited landowners and existing homeowners, but at the expense of younger people seeking homes and the less well-off.
A New Vision for Housing by Christopher Holmes