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What we really need is for social housing, Lynn News letters

By Lynn News Reporter

Apparently, they are the “worst vested interest we’ve got”. Her objection to “nimbyism” is absolutely consistent with her desire to deregulate almost everything and let the markets run free. The difficulty with this is that the riches of the few come at the expense of the many.

Those with wealth, influence and control also have the power to ride roughshod over those with less.

So, if you are one of the many homeowners in a small village faced with a huge housing development you may have the freedom to protest but, in Trussworld, the few aka the developers, will have the freedom to ignore you.

Liz Truss, photo by Paul Marsh. (7116116)
Liz Truss, photo by Paul Marsh. (7116116)

She also suggested that the UK should look at countries like Germany who, apparently, have simpler planning systems. Germany has a similar housing shortage and is responding by investing in social housing for low earners; 300,000 residences in 2018 alone compared to this Government’s planned 250,000 by 2022. Germany’s strategy is exactly what we need here and exactly what this Government is refusing to do.

Half of the German population rent. We don’t need new four bedroomed £300,000 homes in Norfolk because the people who buy them aren’t bringing jobs or businesses. They are retiring here and an ageing population brings increased demands on our diminishing health and social services.

Thankfully we don’t quite yet live in Trussworld. We live in Norfolk where transport is poor, opportunities limited, salaries low, seasonal work common and where we need small, cheap to run, environmentally friendly social housing that local, especially young, people can afford.

Private developers aren’t interested in this type of property because it fails to reap huge profits. Profits before people.

And that, fundamentally, is why she doesn’t want local people to have a say over what is built in their back yards.

Local authorities now have the ability to borrow to build. They should do it. They should build proper, social, housing at affordable rents that put funds back into the authority. A proportion could be sold to local, eligible people with the money going back into the authority to fund further building.

Rebecca Elliott



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