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g) 'Rent to Own' homes would enable many younger people to get

on the housing ladder without a deposit by renting from housing

associations at a market level rent giving them an increasing

stake in their property over time.

i) Second home owners should always pay their fair share of local

taxation for the provision of local services.

j) Fiscal incentives could help to encourage older owner occupiers

to downsize their properties and should therefore be considered

further.

Conference calls for:

1. The creation of a British Housing Company as a dedicated, armslength, not for profit non-governmental body to acquire land of

low amenity at current use value through compulsory acquisition

to reduce prohibitive land costs and excessive developer profits.

2. Removal of the cap on local authority borrowing.

3. The construction of 50,000 social homes for rent per year

by both councils and housing associations rising as soon as

practicable to 100,000 a year.

4. Local authorities to have the power to decide on the availability

of Right to Buy in their areas and for Right to Buy receipts to be

reinvested in social housing.

5. A big expansion in 'Rent to Own' where occupants pay rent to

housing associations, in return for an increasing stake in the

property over time.

6. Higher quality, safety and environmental standards in the

existing housing stock including the retrofitting of 4 million

homes to higher standards.

7. An increase to 500% in council tax levied where homes are being

deliberately bought as investment properties and left empty for

long periods with a stamp duty surcharge on overseas residents

purchasing such properties.

8. The Government to deliver its commitment to building 300,000

homes a year by i) ensuring the workforce in the construction

industry is sufficient to build them ii) encouraging new building

techniques to build quality new homes in shorter timescales.

9. Local government to adopt a civic house building model working

in partnership with developers and supported by a planning

system which is less about gatekeeping planning applications

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