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Land Justice: Rethinking Land and Housing Supply - Investing For The Future.

Stephen Hill is a housing and community land trust expert who is a prolific writer and popular speaker.

Stephen provides an innovative and alternative approach to the housing problems that have been created by governments for decades.

Today, housing is often presented as an inter-generational dispute between elderly owner-occupiers who purchased their homes when land was cheap, jobs plentiful and mortgages more easily come by and council housing was available to rent whereas today, young people face difficulty obtaining rewarding jobs with decent pay, need to raid the “bank of Mum and Dad” or wait until their late thirties in order to save up enough for a deposit or pay unaffordable rents in the private sector as the council housing rented sector is almost extinct for new tenants.

Stephen offers a set of policies which provide a sustainable and harmonious solution to the housing crisis.


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  • David M.

    Very good speaker, and very useful interventions from the Chair.

    August 15, 2013

  • Ed

    I would encourage anyone planning to go to this to look at This shows a fantastically complex and expensive to administer proposal that would cause massive social upheaval arising out of the politics of envy. "You've got something and I want it, but don't want to pay for it", is the key message. Madness! The reality is that buying a house can be done by anyone who wants one enough to do what I did - do three jobs for a few years, save hard and that's all there is to it. Simple. And mortgages are as cheap as they have been for decades today, and easier to get than they were in the 60's/70's, when you had to have a saving track record with the lender.

    1 · August 10, 2013

    • Jane

      I work in tax. Introduce any tax and with time, complexity will follow with exemptions, reliefs, bands and different rates.

      August 15, 2013

    • Jane

      Surely everyone who manages to buy a home, should be allowed to keep it. Any tax on the value of a property or the land on which it stands, threatens to force people out of their own home, if the tax went up or their income declined. Pensioners, disabled and income poor people, could be forced out of their home of 20 or even 50 years.

      August 15, 2013

  • terence f.

    An excellent coverage of many political and economic issues. I will need to think more about the issues, Perhaps a balancing presentation is needed supporting the status quo or even an alternative approach. Thank you Dave. A 18:30 start (as advertised) would be appreciated.

    August 15, 2013

  • Jane

    I'm recovering from food poisoning. Still to weak to travel to this. Is it also on Webex? I'm really sorry to miss this, as housing, is an important issue. I too have suggestions. I would restrict home ownership to 1. UK citizens and permanent residents (plus EU if legally obliged) 2. Charities, 3. Trustees holding a property on trust for orphan minors 4. Housing associations 5. Councils.
    I'd allow individuals to own up to 30 maybe 50 properties, enabling landlords to operate an effective business. They could increase the value of their holdings by owning more expensive properties. A 5 year transition period could ease the changes so properties don't flood the market and a lower tax could apply to sales in this period. More properties for sale could help others get on the ladder and allow more smaller landlords. It's aimed at enabling people to own the whole of their home whilst still ensuring plenty of properties are available to rent. Any thoughts?

    August 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      sorry to hear about the food poisoning Jane. We do hope you recover quickly.

      August 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to all who participated.
    Stephen Hill gave an excellent presentation on Community Land Trusts which i thought was a relatively new concept but Stephen explained originated in the UK in the 1700s as a response to enclosures!

    1 · August 15, 2013

  • John Robert L.

    Very sorry I was looking forward to this. Some work has taken much longer than expected.

    August 14, 2013

  • Fiona W.

    I've always thought that the worst thing Maggie Thatcher did was to allow people to buy their Council homes, thus depleting the stock. Anyone who had become affluent enough to be able to buy should have moved out into the private sector and left public-sector homes for those less well off.

    3 · August 10, 2013

    • Jane

      I think the right to buy is great. But, surely it should be restricted to people who through their own income, can afford to buy the property. In that way, a super successful adult child, couldn't pay for their parent's council tax and in time take advantage of the discount.

      August 14, 2013

  • Ruby

    Sadly, I'm unable to join you tomorrow as I have to attend a party - it's a tough job... ;o>

    August 13, 2013

    • Ruby

      Thanks Paul, I'm glad you approve ;o>

      August 14, 2013

  • Diana P.

    Yes I do agree with Fiona. It was very short term thinking.

    August 12, 2013

  • Andria

    Do U believe it's really true that councils can't afford to build more social housing

    July 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Councils can probably afford to build the homes as they'll receive a rental income - but can they afford to buy the land? - which after all is a free gift from nature!

      July 30, 2013

  • Fiona W.

    Committee meeting in the afternoon but will come on afterwards if it's not too late.

    July 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cheers Fiona, If you miss us our next Land Justice meeting will be on Tuesday 17th September on "Stewardship" with Julian Pratt speaking.

      1 · July 30, 2013

  • Andy B.

    This is a booking for Martin Field, University of Northampton - thanks.

    July 24, 2013

  • Julie M.

    Really interested in this. Looking forward to it.

    July 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Julie, Pleased that you are able to join us on Wednesday the 14th August. The Secretary of the Professional Land Reform Group, Ed Randell is a visiting Prof at Goldsmiths.

      July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Land Justice is our new Land Reform study and action group.
    Arising from previous meetings members have participated in a new film talking on land and poverty, new alliances have been made - and we intend to change the world!
    All welcome to participate in this co-operative, stimulating, non-confrontational atmosphere where we can study social problems, seek answers based on the fair distribution of land and natural wealth and then take action to see remedies introduced.

    July 1, 2013

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