UKIP   HOUSING   AND   ENVIRONMENT

Posted by: In: Homelessness 06 Apr 2016 Comments: 0

UKIP are the only British political party committed to cutting unacceptable levels of ‘red tape’ in the rental sector.

Peter Whittle, UKIP’s London Mayoral candidate said “The over regulation of the London housing market by a Tory government, which has abandoned it’s free market principles. Inevitably, more red tape means more cost to landlords and higher rents. Next year thousands of London properties will have withdrawn from the rental market because they have a low EPC rating”.

UKIP are supportive of measures which facilitate better fuel efficiency and lower heating bills long-term. However, there is no justification in taking away from an already desperate rental market perfectly good properties simply because they do not have a high EPC rating.

Andrew Charalambous, UKIP Housing and Environment Spokesman added “The ultimate victims are the tenants who are passed on the costs of compliance by the landlords”.

Charalambous continued “UKIP our committed to simplifying the rental process. We would eliminate letting fees, standardise HMO licensing costs and procedures. Our aim is to make housing a matter of choice not chance”.

Posted by: In: Homelessness 03 Mar 2016 Comments: 0

Study suggests just 5,740 new homes approved across capital, down from 8,063 in previous quarter and 11,865 in first

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The number of new home approvals in London for 2015 will fall far short of the government’s 42,000 annual target. The London housing crisis is expected to worsen as a result of a sharp decline in the number of new home planning approvals..

London borough planning divisions approved just 5,740 new homes in the third quarter of last year, down from 8,063 in the second quarter and 11,865 in the first, according to data compiled by estate agents Stirling Ackroyd.

Approvals so far recorded for 2015 – of 25,668 – fall far short of the 42,000 annual figure needed to meet government housing targets for the capital.

Less than 70% of applications for new homes were granted approval between July and September across London’s 32 boroughs, compared with 76% of homes approved in the previous quarter. But even if all 8,280 applications in the third quarter had been granted, London would still be falling short of the necessary levels.

South London boroughs outpaced the rest, with Southwark leading the way with 912 home approvals, followed by Croydon and Lambeth. These three boroughs accounted for 41% of all planning consents in the city.

Barking & Dagenham was the worst borough for planning approvals, granting just seven in the third quarter. Kensington & Chelsea granted permission for only eight new homes and the east London borough of Havering – which includes Romford, Hornchurch and Rainham – was the third worst, with 20.

Andrew Bridges, managing director of Stirling Ackroyd, said: “Approvals simply aren’t stacking up. No, no, no is being heard far too often and it can’t continue. A sustainable and realistic approach is needed in order to make sure new homes are being built – and London’s housing crisis tackled by the horns.”

The government has unveiled a series of measures to tackle the UK’s housing crisis, including a pledge last week to create 13,000 homes in southern England – the largest housing project led by central government since the redevelopment of Docklands in east London in the 1980s.

While housebuilding has picked up across the UK since the slump hit during the financial crisis, the number of houses being built remains below its peak in 2007 and well short of the of 250,000 new homes a year experts say are needed.

There was a pickup in homes started and completed across London last summer, but both failed to make significant progress, Stirling Ackroyd said. The figures showed construction on 5,680 new homes started in the third quarter, up 14% on the previous three months. At the same time, 6,430 new homes were completed, the highest number in 2015 so far.

Posted by: In: Homelessness 13 Feb 2014 Comments: 336

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Homelessness has increased by a fifth in the last four years. Policies like the bedroom tax and cuts to welfare benefits have not only exacerbated homelessness but have stretched local authority resources in their efforts to rehouse these people.
Homelessness in modern day Britain is morally unacceptable. UKIP would make the elimination of homelessness their very first housing priority. We would create a National Homelessness Register to identify as far as possible all homeless persons, including individual special needs. We would ensure all homeless persons would have full access to medical facilities including dental and optical care, counselling and psychological support. Landlords would receive incentives through the housing benefits system to accept homeless persons as their tenants. Furthermore, we would make it easier for persons of no fixed abode to claim income support and other welfare entitlements. In addition, police would be tasked with eradicating the sexual, physical and emotional abuse directed towards our homeless.
Tackling homelessness is fundamental to achieving social fairness and justice. The best way to fight homelessness is by producing more affordable housing. Unfortunately, the parties of the political establishment failed to plan and prepare the UK for such a sustained surge in housing demand. When we warned several years ago that our country was on the brink of a housing crisis the political classes refused to act. Even today, we are absorbing over a quarter of a million new settlers to the UK each year without adequate planning for housing and public services.