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
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
48 AGENDA AUTUMN CONFERENCE 2018
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