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“Homeowners could get payout if house values fall” – Nick Clegg on garden cities

In an unexpected intervention – an interview on BBC’s “Countryfile”, Nick Clegg has suggested that existing homeowners in areas where new garden cities are to be built could be compensated for any fall in value that might be caused by the building work;

We could maybe give deductions on council tax over a period of time during which the garden city is being built, we could possibly also say to those homeowners where they think the price of their homes will be effected, we will guarantee the price of their home, by buying it, if you like, up front.”

The …

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Has Nick Boles given the kiss of life to localism?

Announcements come out of the communities department at all times of the day and night these days it seems. Rather before most of us were awake on Thursday morning, the department slipped out a statement that may just breathe life into the flagging localism project.

Coming hours after the appearance of planning minister Nick Boles on Newsnight on Wednesday, the statement gave a firm commitment that communities will soon benefit from development on their patch.

The plan is that parish and town councils will get a sizeable share of the community infrastructure levy imposed on most new developments. At …

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Independent View: What now for housing policy?

As the coalition approaches the halfway point of the Parliament, Liberal Democrats are in search of policies that demonstrate their distinctive contribution to government – especially on the crucial issue of growth. Pre-conference briefing suggests that leading party figures see affordable house building as a leading option. They are right to do so. It would boost demand, create jobs, and meet a pressing social need. The Tories are focused on reforming the planning system, but evidence suggests this is a tough political sell. Efforts to finance house building through clever Treasury wheezes that try to circumvent borrowing constraints have …

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  • User AvatarDavid Faggiani 19th Dec - 12:33pm
    I have just been discussing this policy with my work colleagues and it's led to some interesting conversations! I love policies that actually provoke debate...
  • User AvatarAllan 19th Dec - 12:27pm
    Love the colour of the PDF But I have read the LDV for many months and in this instance see the figures in a spread...
  • User AvatarRC 19th Dec - 12:17pm
    What level do we set this income at? And is this the same region by region and city by city, given very different costs of...
  • User AvatarGwyn Williams 19th Dec - 12:16pm
    Well done to Herefordshire Council. We used to say a parliament of owls, perhaps the collective noun for parliamentarians should be " an owl "rather...
  • User AvatarAndrew Ducker 19th Dec - 12:03pm
    RC - I wouldn't take it as read that it would _definitely_ work that well in the UK. But I think anything that makes it...
  • User AvatarPhilip Williams 19th Dec - 12:02pm
    For a party concerned with individual freedom Universal Basic Income should offer the opportunity to address the limits on economic freedom for the vast majority...