By Christopher Holmes
In 1945 the Labour govt got down to let all people to have an honest domestic, the place humans from all walks of existence may well stay jointly. This dream used to be destroyed via a succession of avoidable blunders 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 blunders that experience given upward thrust to this inequitable nation from the folly of mass housing to the unfair tax privileges of many house owners. Holmes describes and advocates a brand new imaginative and prescient for the hot millennium, discovering options variously in improvement, making plans, monetary constructions, social reform, and political reassessment to slim the space among wealthy and terrible and let humans in all housing tenures to eventually have a choice.
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1 Percentage of local authority tenants with no earner (1962–2003) There were three different factors that led to this change. The first was that access to council housing was opened up to more low-income groups, who had previously been excluded or under-represented. The second was the change in the income levels of existing tenants, with an increase in the number of households without anyone in paid employment. The third factor was that better-off tenants were leaving the council housing sector.
Rising owner-occupation is not a new phenomenon. Home ownership grew rapidly in the inter-war years, as large numbers of lower middle class and skilled working class families took advantage of falling house prices and bought homes in the suburbs. It expanded again from the 1950s, with mortgage tax relief becoming an important incentive. High levels of home ownership are a consistent feature in all advanced societies. However, despite the fall in the number of council homes, the UK has a larger proportion of socially rented housing than most European countries, and significantly higher than the US.
4 The rents were too high for poor families on the estates built after the Second World War, especially for newly built houses with gardens. Over the years some authorities had sought to house tenants on low wages by keeping rents as low as possible, and subsidising council homes from their rate fund as well as the central government subsidies they received. The removal of their power to do this was what made the 1972 Act so hugely controversial. The increase in the number of tenants receiving rebates was spectacular, exceeding by far the projections of take-up.
A New Vision for Housing by Christopher Holmes