Mark Wadsworth

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Home-Owner-Ism achieves important milestones…

Milestone One:

The growth in demand for rented property was also seen last week in the findings of the English Housing Survey, published by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG). It revealed that between 2005 and 2009-10 the number of people renting homes privately in England had risen by 1 million to 3.4 million – a rise of 40% in that time.

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) said: “Private renting had grown to account for 16% of households, while 17% rented from social landlords.”


The insane Home-Owner-ist belief that house prices can only go up – and that rising house prices makes us wealthier – runs counter to the claim that Home-Owner-Ism is about ‘encouraging owner-occupation’ (which I think we are broadly agreed is A Good Thing).

Home-Owner-Ism is really about increasing the amount of mortgage debt sloshing around (if you have a big mortgage, you don’t really own it, you’re just renting from the bank) and when all else fails, it’s about increasing the number of tenants, i.e. reducing the number of owner-occupiers.

Milestone Two:

More than one in eight Yorkshire homeowners have not reported crimes since online crime maps were introduced for fear of putting off prospective buyers or tenants, a survey suggests today… Ministers have hailed the scheme as a way of holding police to account, but some residents fear it will sully their local area’s reputation and devalue their homes.

Thirteen per cent of Yorkshire residents surveyed by insurer Direct Line said they had witnessed a crime since February but had decided not to report it. The survey’s nationwide results indicate an even more worrying trend. Of those respondents who had not reported a crime, 11 per cent had either been the victim of, or witnessed, a violent assault. Three-quarters of respondents said they would use an online crime map to research a new home and would be deterred by a high number of offences.

I suppose the Lib-Cons’ real reason for putting the crime map online was exactly this – to discourage people from reporting crimes, as a result of which reported crime goes down, which they can hail as a success of their law’n’order policies.

What sort of a f-ed up world do we live in, where people worry more about keeping housing as expensive as possible than they worry about crime?

Spotted by dill at HPC.


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