Fwd: [project2012] Re: [Dem-Village] Fwd: [Diggers350] housing and land monopoly

Mark Barrett marknbarrett at googlemail.com
Tue Oct 26 14:15:40 BST 2010

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From: Robin Smith <robinsmith3 at gmail.com>
Date: 22 October 2010 23:44
Subject: [project2012] Re: [Dem-Village] Fwd: [Diggers350] housing and
land monopoly

Any subsidy/benefit going to any kind of housing or land will raise
the price of land and the rents. Likewise withdrawal will lower the
rents. Its all covered by the Law of Rent. The only issues are
Subsidies mean that people must get into more debt to buy a home. Or
do more work to find extra rent. Or squeeze into a smaller home. The
opposite is true for withdrawal. Look across the panorama of history
on the topic and you will see this is true.
Than landowner ALWAYS takes ALL the gain from a subsidy or benefit.
And loses it on withdrawal. The landlord associations even openly
admit that and say "we demand compensation"!!! At least the greedy
sods are honest about that unlike the housing associations, labour
politicians and housing campaign groups etc.
Oh yes, remember that there are a million empty homes spread evenly
across the country. There is NO SHORTAGE OF HOMES. This demands the
question: "what is stopping me finding one then?" The land is being
speculatively held out of use. And THIS is the larger part of what
keeps the price of land so high. Cheap irresponsible credit just
intensified that pre-occuring fact. Proof? We have had periodic land
speculation triggered recessions for a couple of hundred years now.
Cheap credit is relatively recent.

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> From: Stuart Hodkinson <s.n.hodkinson at leeds.ac.uk>
> James
> Halving the social housing fund is not, in itself, going to kickstart
> a property boom.
> While we might think that a lack of 'social housing' and housing in
> general will create the scarcity problems that cause price rises - and
> this is the case for London - general house price inflation is going
> to need the return of easy credit which isn't on the cards - without
> access to mortgages, there will be far less house sales and there will
> be far less liquidity in the system to push up house prices.
> Social Housing Grant was mainly awarded to Housing Associations to
> match-fund private borrowing.
> I would now expect the big housing associations (RSLs) to simply
> gobble up all the small and medium size RSLs and borrow against their
> assets / future rental streams to build.
> So, it is wrong to assume that there will be no social housing built -
> you must also remember that local authorities will also be -
> apparently - allowed to borrow against their rental streams to build
> council housing in the near future through the reform of housing
> finance that Labour started before it lost power.
> What IS CLEARLY HAPPENING is a rise in private rental values as first
> time buyers fail to buy and low social housing supply pushes people
> into the private rental sector.
> The housing benefit reforms will dampen this, but the impact on people
> will be horrendous.
> There is also the question of local housing markets in which the boom
> never ended, or the bust never ended.
> I would predict (famous last words) that the impact of the public
> sector cuts, a potential new recession, peak oil, rising food and
> energy prices etc will mean an end to business-as-usual boom-and-bust
> and just bust. So the idea that the housing market will simply revive
> is a dangerous one.
> debate?
> stu
> ________________________________________
> From: Diggers350 at yahoogroups.com [Diggers350 at yahoogroups.com] On
> Behalf Of james armstrong [james36armstrong at hotmail.com]
> Sent: 19 October 2010 21:30
> To: diggers
> Subject: [Diggers350] housing and land monopoly
> David Cameron announced to-day  he is  halving the  Social Housing
> Fund. Saving money is the excuse, the real  plan is to restart the
> mad rise of house prices.
> This is a continuation of the Gordon Brown, Bank of England
> macro-economic policy
> -the only kid on the block- Which caused and burst the inevitable
> housing bubble.
> The continuing strategy is to substitute a growing UK financial
> sector for the post War collapsed UK trade and industrial sectors.
> To get economic growth in UK  the method selected  is to boost
> consumer spending financed by a credit boom.  Inflated house prices
> are the  ‘assets’ which act as collateral for the credit . This is
> the sub prime mortgage scandal resurrected.
> We are back to the beginning of  boom and bust again.
> Specifically   the policy is , create a shortage of houses (everyone
> needs one) . -by  decreasing supply of new houses (the Big Builders
> are co-operating here)  and turning out- ejecting - council house
> tenants. By doing this  you swell the  demand for buying houses.
> If the supply is static or falling (down to a record low supply of
> 160,000 new houses in 2009) The price inevitably increases.
> You could think of it as another form of Quantitative Easing -
> inventing money- this time by artificially inflating the value of
> houses.
> You can’t beat the system by building your own -  there’s monopoly
> control of the land for building  on , operated (see Barker p 81) by
> the plc housebuilders . Farmers are the only other group who can
> build- since they own land- many houses are built on agricultural
> land.
> At Poundbury, the Duchy of Cornwall has built  or (currently is not
> building) some 2,500  permissioned houses on Poundbury Farm and Middle
> farm. The Duchy’s  Fordington Farm was built-over many years ago- but
> the  farmhouse still stands forlorn amidst another 500 houses. .
>  Farmers  account for a surprising number of self build ) facilitated
> because they already  own land and have agricultural privileged
> permission.
>  The corall gate is closed by the planning laws which restrict
> building outside the areas already designated and where the  big plc
> builders have snapped up all the sites long ago to hold in landbanks
> and boast about in their balance sheets.
> The planning regime was specifically introduced to regulate the
> expected boom in housebuilding after WW11 and the Council House
> building boom.  When building numbers drop off, and council houses are
> no longer funded and plc housebuilders have long ago learned to snap
> up all the designated land,  the effects of the planning regime go
> into reverse . Planning laws now support the monopoly instead of
> regulating the  boom.
> Farmers are also rewarded big time and secretly with C.A.P. payments
> annually. The Duchy gets a cheque from C.A.P. for £417,000 and rising
> each year. They exploit the land monopoly in this way too.
> Publicising and ending the The Land monopoly and its malign effects on
> housing and farming and politics is  the key to beating the system.
> Exploiting the people through monopolizing land  is the common theme
> of history ,so should not be surprising.  Property qualification for
> voting was the rule until 1875.  Bulk property owning was the
> qualification for membership of the oldest House of Parliament- the
> Lords – until 2000 and for membership of both Houses and for voting
> till well into the eighteenth century.
> The land monopoly and rigging the housing market is a breach of human rights.
> We should  support a test case contesting a repossession on these
> grounds.  James
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> in the UK http://www.tlio.org.uk
> The list was originally concerned with the 350th anniversary of The
> Diggers (& still is concerned with their history). The Diggers
> appeared at the end of the English Civil war with a noble mission to
> make the earth 'a common treasury for all'. In the spring of 1999
> there were celebrations to remember the Diggers vision and their
> contribution.
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWk9rRJsk5I
> Simon Fairlie still produces The Land magazine every 6 months or so.
> Subsription is £18 (£15 unwaged) or £4 for a single edition
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> Brendan Boal from the Climate Camp would like me to point out that
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> part of The Land Is Ours.
> And neither is this web site:
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