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Housing White Paper: building great expectations?

first_imgThere’s a sense of excitement, The Housing White Paper lands in my inbox; will it give a Spring bounce to our housing market?The screen goes grey as 104 pages flip past, am I missing something? A  new thought, idea, plan or action?Theresa May, Prime Minister, couldn’t be in Parliament today as she is busy with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, which is understandable, she cannot be everywhere, and her Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government is qualified to present this hugely important document.Mrs May says, “Our broken housing market is one of the greatest barriers to progress in Britain today. Whether buying or renting, the fact is that housing is increasingly unaffordable – particularly for ordinary working class people who are struggling to get by.“Today the average house costs almost eight times average earnings – an all-time record. As a result it is difficult to get on the housing ladder, and the proportion of people living in the private rented sector has doubled since 2000.“These high housing costs hurt ordinary working people the most.”All fine and well, but what is the grand plan? It isn’t grand, it doesn’t even seem to be a plan, it is a blend of old pearls of wisdom, promises that we have heard before, like a wayward husband who promises to do better. In this case of course, the wayward body is the Labour Party, which gets the blame for causing the broken housing market, although the Conservatives have been in power for nearly seven years.This is a national issue that touches every one of us. Everyone involved in politics and the housing industry has a moral duty to tackle it head on.”Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid (right) said, “This is a national issue that touches every one of us. Everyone involved in politics and the housing industry has a moral duty to tackle it head on.” But John Healey, Shadow Minister for Housing said, “This is feeble beyond belief – after seven years he says ‘we need to have a conversation’. It isn’t a plan to fix the housing crisis, it will do nothing to help.”Industry commentRichard Donnell, Insight Director at Hometrack, said, “This whitepaper builds on five years of housing policies from the Conservative Government that started with the National Planning Policy Framework in 2012.“These latest announcements represent further policy refinements to this central message and highlight that more still needs to be done to ensure all parties are working together effectively to boost investment in new housing and get all stakeholders focused on upping supply.”Neil Brearley, director of Cast, said, ”The government’s commitment, in the Housing White Paper, to support elderly people looking to downsize can provide much needed relief to the housing market, freeing up existing housing stock. With the possibility of hundreds of thousands of extra homes being released, it is vital that effective frameworks of incentives are given to older people. The emergence of a dedicated senior living sector, with houses designed specifically for the elderly, will help address the challenges posed by downsizing. But there are a number of key obstacles currently preventing its fuller emergence in the UK.”It seems Mr. Brearley is right, the main obstacle is a major tendency to talk about understanding, planning and preparing the foundations, without ever reaching the point where the bricks are laid.It’s clear the developers do need persuading to get on with it. Mark Scott, a specialist in residential property at law firm Blake Morgan, said, “One of the proposals in the Housing White Paper is for developers to commence site construction within two years of planning permission being granted as opposed to the current three year limit which will encourage quicker completion dates.“This is a certainly a step in the right direction, but a real incentive in my view would be for developers to be offered a tax incentive to achieve early structural completion dates for their buyers and further reforms to the level of Stamp Duty Land Tax payable by first time buyers.”Nothing much was said about helping older homeowners to downsize, other than that there would be another ‘conversation’ about it, as they want to ,“build on the evidence that already exists to help deliver outcomes that are best for older people.” Powerful stuff.Neil Brearley, director of Cast, said, ”The government’s commitment to support elderly people looking to downsize can provide much needed relief to the housing market, freeing up existing housing stock. With the possibility of hundreds of thousands of extra homes being released, it is vital that effective frameworks of incentives are given to older people. The emergence of a dedicated senior living sector, with houses designed specifically for the elderly, will help address the challenges posed by downsizing. But there are a number of key obstacles currently preventing its fuller emergence in the UK.”It seems Mr. Brearley is right, the main obstacle is a major tendency to talk about understanding, planning and preparing the foundations, without ever reaching the point where the bricks are laid.DOWNLOAD THE HOUSING WHITE PAPER BY CLICKING HERE.    HOT TOPIC This story is being discussed in the forum nowThe Negotiator says:Great expectations for Government’s housing planHave your say Housing White Paper – building great expectations?Housing White Paper Government housing policy Sajid Javid Communities secretary February 7, 2017Sheila ManchesterRelated articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Housing White Paper: building great expectations? previous nextHousing MarketHousing White Paper: building great expectations?Government launches its grand plan for housing to fix the ‘broken housing market’.Sheila Manchester7th February 201701,907 ViewsHOT TOPIC This story is being discussed in the forum nowThe Negotiator says:Great expectations for Government’s housing planHave your say Housing White Paper – building great expectations?last_img read more

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63 senior police officers in Kenya axed over graft

first_imgAdministration Police spokesman Masoud Mwinyi is among the officers sacked by the National Police Service Commission on October 15, 2015. Sixty-three senior police officers in Kenya have been sacked after vetting unearthed massive corruption in the service, especially in the traffic department.Administration Police spokesman Masoud Mwinyi is among those dismissed from service.The fate of 29 other officers hangs in the balance as they will be investigated further by the National Police Service Commission (NPSC), which carried out the vetting.The move follows the vetting of 1,364 officers in an exercise that took 14 months.The officers who were vetted hold the ranks of senior superintendents, superintendents and assistant superintendents.National Police Service Commission(NPSC) chairman Johnston Kavuludi announced the outcome of the vetting at the commission’s headquarters in Nairobi on Thursday.“Through scrutiny of M-Pesa statements, the commission was able to establish that junior officers working in the traffic department regularly transferred fixed amounts of money to some of their seniors, suggesting that they had been given targets,” said Mr Kavuludi.last_img read more

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Phased Reopening of Guyana’s International Airport Pushed Back to August 1

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana – The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), has delayed the phased opening of the Cheddi Jagan International airport. The GCAA has made it clear that no airline has been granted approval for the conduct of a scheduled commercial operation. The GCAA has noted that it will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Guyana. CMC The airport was scheduled to reopen its runway on Wednesday to international commercial flights. The Authority says it has drafted Regulations and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to guide aviation stakeholders on the measures which are expected to aid in the mitigation of the spread of Covid-19 and the full resumption of aviation-related activities. Phase Two which is expected to allow additional repatriation and commercial flights will now commence on the 1st August. The airports, under the current phase will continue to allow limited repatriation flights, outgoing flights, cargo flights, medivac flights and special authorized flights. However, in a statement, the GCAA said it consulted with the Ministry of Public Health and has made some adjustments to its reopening plan. The Airports have already put several systems and safety measures in place for their eventual reopening. The Director-General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Egbert Field said the Authority and the National COVID-19 Task Force consider the health of Guyanese and the nation as a top priority and that triggered the delay in the reopening plan.last_img read more

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Felon voting rights restoration clears Iowa House panel

first_imgDES MOINES — The House Judiciary Committee’s chairman called it a “rare moment.”   Republicans and Democrats on the committee unanimously embraced a plan from Governor Kim Reynolds on felon voting rights on Wednesday night.The proposed constitutional amendment would automatically restore the right to vote to felons who’ve completed their sentences. Backers hope the proposed amendment could be presented to voters in 2022.Representative Bobby Kaufmann of Wilton says House Republicans will meet soon to discuss how to legally define what sentence completion means.“Because I believe the voters should know what they’re voting for,” Kaufmann told reporters this evening.Kaufmann said he’s interested in keeping felons who’ve done time for murder, rape or child sex abuse from voting.“I don’t think that certain classes of criminals should ever have the opportunity to get these rights back,” Kaufmann said.Other Republicans have discussed requiring felons to pay any restitution to their victims before they’d be allowed to vote.last_img read more

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