DUP party manifesto on PRS and Housing Market policies

DUP party manifesto on PRS and Housing Market policies

12:06 PM, 12th June 2017, About 7 years ago 20

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Considering the Hung Parliament result in the general election last week, and the subsequent agreement in whatever format it evolves to for the Conservatives to work with the DUP, it is worth a closer look at the DUP policies that concern the Housing Market and the Private Rental Sector.

From the DUP website on Policies >> http://www.mydup.com/policies/creating-stronger-communities

It states:

    The DUP wants to drive up standards in the private landlord sector. It will introduce a bulk-renting scheme from combines of private landlord properties. In return for a guarantee of income the properties entered into the scheme must be equipped and maintained to higher standards.
    The future of our town centres does not depend solely upon enhancing their retail offering. Town centres must become places where people do more than shop. They must become places where people live as well. We will further develop the work already started to reintroduce the previously successful ‘Living Over the Shop’ scheme where landlords were assisted in converting space above shops or offices into residential accommodation.
    The case for investment in social housing is an unarguable one. House building has a hugely positive impact upon the local economy, creating and sustaining jobs not just in the construction sector, but also in professional services and retail. A safe, secure and warm home also produces health and educational benefits. The DUP commits to delivering a further 8,000 social and affordable housing units by 2020.
    Community Land Trusts are a long-term solution to the issue of affordability and assist in community regeneration. Land prices are a key component in driving up property prices. This model places the land in trust and thus removes it from the cost of the home. Future selling prices are linked to a multiple of local incomes which allows the owner to see appreciation of their investment but still maintaining any re-sale price at an accessible level. The DUP will introduce schemes in different property hot spots across Northern Ireland.
    The DUP supports the transformation of the NIHE to a strategic housing body. This should include the transfer of its stock to fully utilise assets to make social housing more self-financing. In addition, the NIHE would receive additional powers to tackle the issue of empty homes.”


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13:22 PM, 14th June 2017, About 7 years ago

It's pretty extreme (and stupid) in my mind to spend money that you don't have. Especially if it's on things that you don't need.

I look at my tenants and see some spending their money on things they NEED and can afford and they seem to cope well. Others spend money on what they WANT and carry on even when they need to borrow money. They're the ones that struggle to cope but at least we have food banks etc for these people so they can still eat after paying for their £100 designer trainers.

Come on now, are these needs or wants?
Free university tuition: No one in this house ever needed it.
Bedroom tax: it's clearly for a bedroom that you no longer need.
Free childcare for 4 year olds: my 4 yr old doesn't need these because we both work flexible zero hour contracts.
But we were just born lucky. It's nothing to do with us both working bloody hard on zero hour contracts. We were lucky that we took responsibility for our actions and our future. We are also lucky that we don't smoke or drink or have sky or need to wear designer trainers.
Zero hour contracts: yeah I definitely need these.

Paul Green

15:52 PM, 14th June 2017, About 7 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Michael Holmes" at "14/06/2017 - 00:00":

It beggars belief and is beyond audacity, why you would vote against your own self interest & those around you. Do you have grandparents? (their pensions, winter fuel allowance stopped, having to pay for home care by selling the children's inheritance) do you have children? (zero hour contracts or minimum wage jobs) grandchildren (working till 80) and NO NHS free at the point of use. WAKE UP!

Paul Green

16:01 PM, 14th June 2017, About 7 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Roanch 21" at "14/06/2017 - 13:22":

Oh! Dear if only you could walk a mile in someone else's shoes, you would understand ...have you ever made a donation from your heart. Do you have a heart? Stop reading right wing media propaganda (Rupert Murdock) and start educating yourself. I recommend you start reading The Guardian news paper first, and watch the real news channel Russia Today know as RT..also read Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges...what a glorious day!

Paul Green

16:10 PM, 14th June 2017, About 7 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Anthony Endsor" at "14/06/2017 - 06:44":

Please don't follow the heard, make your own informed opinion using just the FACTS. No more platitudes...PLEASE .

17:02 PM, 14th June 2017, About 7 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Paul Green" at "14/06/2017 - 16:01":

I've walked about 25 miles today, in my own shoes. I've been cutting lawns. bloody hard work in this heat and the money is less than the living wage you referred to. My wife works in a well known clothes retailer on min wage. She's also walked a lot more than a mile in next's shoes. My point was that we get by ok on our non university less than living wages. We've got kids and get no benefits. We survive, we are happy and give to deserving charities. So I don't think it's extreme to not have free university education etc.

I can't read the guardian cos I never went to university. Only joking I can't read it cos it's left wing propaganda for jealous envious self righteous types who think they know more than me and blame everyone else for their problems. Sound like anyone?

Now I'm wondering if you could walk 25 miles in my shoes ? Pushing a metal box in 23 degrees? Or would that be against your civil rights?

Anyhow after all of this I think the dup are a centre right party (not extreme) and imagine their housing policy will reflect that.

Paul Green

17:34 PM, 14th June 2017, About 7 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Roanch 21" at "14/06/2017 - 17:02":

I was wrong to say the things I did in my reply to you and wholeheartedly apologise. I'm simply saying it's tough out there for everyone under manafactured austerity and we should all stick together. After all we're the 5th worlds richest country. Enjoy the sunshine ☀️ and a well deserved rest this evening..... :))

Paul Green

17:48 PM, 14th June 2017, About 7 years ago

The conservatives are retreating behind a human shield of Orange bigots from Belfast. Namely to hold on to power. If we had proportional representation instead if first past the post voting system the progress alliance would now be in parliament. And we would all benefit hugely from economics that reflect reality & what's needed on the ground. compassion and redistribution of wealth too the civilians of this country.

19:43 PM, 14th June 2017, About 7 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Paul Green" at "14/06/2017 - 17:48":

I don't think they are bigots. They consistently get voted in by the majority of people in their country. However I would expect anyone to be a little intolerance to other people setting out to murder them. Arlene Forster was blown up by Sinn Fein / IRA when she was a small child. Her dad was also shot by sin fein / IRA. They have to carry personal protection weapons and check their cars everyday just in order to stay alive. Must have an effect on their levels of tolerance. Remember Corbin / guardian support the murdering non democratic Sinn Fein nutters. In a guardianistas echo chamber I guess all normal (i.e. Majority) people would seem to be extreme bigots but in the real world we are the majority. I think democracy is working well here and as it is intended. All the people get an equal say and the majority prevails. You don't get an extra vote just because you read the guardian. Words like bigot, extreme, racists etc are banded around a bit to freely by the loony left and now seem to mean anyone other than that tiny minority that reads the guardian. I don't see it adding anything to the discussion insulting people who have different views to you.

Paul Green

20:22 PM, 14th June 2017, About 7 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Roanch 21" at "14/06/2017 - 19:43":

It's about elementary moral truisms , citezens , ordinary people don't view the world in left or right. They see it in what's right for society and fairness. It's about stopping the 1% hoovering up all the wealth. 8 people have 50% of the worlds welath, yes 8 people. We need equality, we live under neoliberalism, a permanent war & permanent austerity, even reduced to being called consumers, the social contract is being ripped up and hard won rights are being rolled back, There shrinking the state on purpose and public expenditure cuts by 40%. No libraries, no social care, short in Drs & nurses., less police, no meting points , pubs closing every day. No collective bargaining (weak unions) unless your a CEO or financial trader we all working class we all Labour hard, we are slaves to the wage and debt is used to enslave us. the word mortgage literary means DEATH PLEDGE: "mort" means death and "gage" means pledge. Debt till death. Our social security, which has been rebranded using the derogatory word BENEFITS is alienating us, putting us against each other, anyone can succumb to ill health, an accident or injury, through no fault of their own, that means their never be able to work again, most people are 2 pay cheques away from mortgage or rent arrears, and homelessness, with the country's average savings of £3000. Poverty is all around us. We all need a safety net. We're are frail.

23:27 PM, 14th June 2017, About 7 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Paul Green" at "14/06/2017 - 20:22":

Ok that's your view and you are free to express it as long as you don't defame or grossly offend anyone. That's the deal living in our democracy.

For example you or anyone couldn't say that Arlene Forster is an orange bigot or that she is a terrorist sympathiser because it's not true.

However i can and do say that Diane Abbott is a racist bigot because it is true. As the met police have made her publicly apologise loads of times. It's a matter of fact.

I can and do say that Jeremy Corbin is a terrorist sympathiser because that info is clearly available to everyone and isn't really disputable. Again it's a matter of fact.

Another example - You or your beloved guardian can't say that Nigel farage is racist or extreme because it's not true.

However i can and do say that labour under Jeremy Corbin are extreme because they are. He writes for a communist paper and associates with Diane Abbott, john macdonald, hezbolla, Ira etc.

I can and do say that the guardian is read by so few people that it is financially failing And only surviving due to the sales of auto trader propping it up because this is all factual.

I get annoyed by extreme lefties incorrectly using words like bigot, extreme, racist to describe people who have fairly normal views that are reflective of the majority. Lets have less nasty demonising words and more factual dialogue please.

Back to the topic - I don't want my wealth that I've worked hard for to be redistributed. The recent democratic expressions this country has made suggest that my view is right and that yours is wrong. Good luck though convincing self made landlords on here that wealth redistribution (more tax???) is a good idea.

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