Planning, tax and constitutional guarantees regarding make up many of the other roadblocks to wider ownership of affordable, private homes today.
For a society that values home ownership so much – I refer to the long list of tax and investment incentives this state has awarded first time buyers, second time buyers, investors, long term owners over generations – we still seem to be making it harder, not easier for our young people to get onto the property ladder.
We may not have one of the highest home ownership rates in the EU anymore – we can thank the large influx of migrants, the 2008 financial crash and now the pandemic for that – but there are plenty of other reasons, minor and serious, why our housing crisis is only getting worse.
(Just last week one popular
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