In separate posts we have examined the manifestos of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties and have covered a range of their policies directly or indirectly affecting the building industry.
The Green Party
- A major programme to build affordable, zero-carbon homes, including 100,000 social rented homes each year by 2022.
- A trial of a Land Value Tax to encourage the use of vacant land and reduce speculation.
- Backing for community-led approaches to building affordable homes.
- A plan to roll out high quality, low cost factory-built modular (FBM) homes, affordable on the national average wage of £26,000.
- UKIP will establish a Housing Development Corporation (HDC) to acquire primarily brownfield sites – at existing use value and through compulsory purchase if necessary – where affordable housing is required.
- “We anticipate the total cost for a two-bedroom house will be under £100,000, including land purchase and restoration, construction, infrastructure and a contribution to the costs of the HDC”.
- UKIP says the proposal will bring up to 100,000 extra truly affordable homes onto the market every year. “Combined with a traditional home building programme, we could build another one million homes by 2022”.
- The SNP claims Scotland has the highest house building rate in the UK. “We have overseen a new generation of council house building and, since 2007, over 60,000 affordable homes have been completed.” However, house building is not among the party’s key pledges.
- Over the current term of the Scottish Parliament, the SNP says, “we are investing over £3 billion to deliver at least 50,000 new affordable homes, at least 35,000 of which will be for social rent”.
- “We are building new homes and refurbishing existing properties through the £25 million Rural Housing Fund, and delivering 100 affordable homes in island communities through a dedicated £5 million fund”.
- Plaid Cymru’s manifesto doesn’t highlight a major housebuilding commitment, but the party does say it will roll out a nationwide scheme to make Welsh housing stock more energy-efficient.
By LABC Warranty
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