Posts Tagged “housing”

The 17th Tory policy Lib Dems have blocked: Clegg rejects Theresa May’s plans to impose new immigration regulations on private landlords

by Stephen Tall on October 11, 2013

Perhaps the silliest proposal in a generally thread-bare Queen’s Speech in May was the Conservatives’ plan to ‘look busy’ on immigration. Yes, the party that claims to want to cut back red-tape for small businesses decided to try and tie-up private landlords in it by imposing a legal duty on them check the immigration status […]

Does any Lib Dem except Danny Alexander support the Coalition’s ‘Help to Buy’ house price inflation scheme?

by Stephen Tall on October 9, 2013

I missed it yesterday, but have just caught up with Lib Dem chief secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander’s (rather flailing) attempts on BBC Radio 4′s Today Programme to justify the second stage of the Coalition’s ‘Help to Buy’ scheme for folk wanting to buy their own house. You can listen to it here or […]

Margaret Thatcher, the 1983 election and the ‘bedroom tax’

by Stephen Tall on April 2, 2013

Like Caron, I spent more than a healthy amount of my Bank Holiday Monday watching BBC Parliament’s re-run of the 1983 general election. It’s not an election I remember (I was 6). But the symmetry of yesterday’s hyperbolic Guardian (‘The day Britain changed’) front page and the televised reminder of Margaret Thatcher’s first landslide seemed [...]

Liberal Hero of the Week #28: Nick Boles

by Stephen Tall on January 11, 2013

Liberal Hero of the Week is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum. The series showcases those who promote any of the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book — economic, personal, political and social liberalism — regardless of party affiliation and from beyond Westminster. If they stick up […]

Nick Clegg’s fourth Letter from the Leader: “The only way out of the housing crisis is to build our way out.”

by Stephen Tall on November 25, 2012

Here’s Nick Clegg’s latest missive to Lib Dem members and supporters — this week focusing on his efforts to get Britain building again to help those households in need of decent, affordable housing… I’m writing this as we come to the end of an incredibly hectic week in politics. The negotiations over the budget in [...]

John Prescott should ignore this post. It asks you to think.

by Stephen Tall on August 21, 2012

I had a leeetle bit of a moan about Twitter at the weekend — in particular its tendency to turn even normally quite intelligent and courteous people into the worst kind of insult-spewing trolls — and I’m afraid I’m going to do it again now… Yesterday saw the launch by the think-tank Policy Exchange of [...]

LDV poll: 80% of Lib Dems back wealthier households in social housing paying full market rent

by Stephen Tall on June 9, 2012

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 560 party members responded, and we’re publishing the full results. 4-in-5 back change, just 1-in-10 oppose outright The Coalition last month announced it was consulting whether to charge [...]

In other news… Lib Dems close no libraries, Paddick pledges 360,000 homes, & Newby is new Lords whip

by Stephen Tall on April 29, 2012

Here’s a round-up of stories we haven’t had time to cover on the site this past few days… Tim Farron: No library closed under Lib Dem leadership (LibDems.org.uk) Last year, more than 40 libraries were closed by Conservative and Labour councils. In stark contrast, for the second year in a row, no Liberal Democrat-controlled council [...]

Should councils be able to cap the number of second and holiday homes in their area?

by Stephen Tall on November 2, 2011

Earlier this week, the Lib Dems’ Communities and Local Government Minister Andrew Stunell wrote here on LibDemVoice about the Coalition’s measures to increase councils’ powers to cut tax relief to those with second homes: … our plans [are] to allow local authorities to charge an Empty Homes Premium – up to an extra 50% of [...]

Half Lib Dem MPs have opposed Cameron’s plan to end lifetime tenancies

by Stephen Tall on August 9, 2010

The Guardian reports today: More than half of Liberal Democrat MPs, including two cabinet members and eight junior ministers, are on record as opposing plans by David Cameron to water down security of tenure for new social housing tenants. The scale of the opposition suggests Simon Hughes, the Lib Dem deputy leader, is speaking for [...]



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