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Posts Tagged ‘Second Homes’

Second homes “crack-down” is just more empty spin.

Posted on: 9th May 2022

The Conservatives claim they’ll “crack-down” on second homers and “punish” them with double council tax. However, I regret that all they will do is the opposite. As more second homers will be encouraged to ‘flip’ their property investment from council tax to business rates, claim the tax exemption and pay nothing. All they’re proposing is merely to […]

Campaign for housing justice

Posted on: 11th March 2022

This week I launch a Charter for Housing Justice. Amongst other things it calls for: 1. Everyone to have a right to a decent, secure, affordable home;2. Radically changing the planning and tax systems to put public good before private gain; first homes before second homes; stronger enforcement powers; and third party right of appeal; […]

Pay back Covid windfall to help local families

Posted on: 28th January 2022

Second homers who received some of the £169 million paid so far from Cornwall’s Covid aid should either pay the money back or donate it to housing charities. The local MP has not yet apologised for having wrongly criticised me for highlighting this appalling misuse of public money.  Nor has he apologised for incorrectly claiming […]

Conservative MP denies second home tax loophole is a problem!

Posted on: 10th January 2022

Response to “Derek Slams…” press release Debate the facts with me in open forum. Tory MP should apologise to local people If Mr Thomas is so adamant that second homes have not been handed hundreds of millions of tax benefits and covid aid in Cornwall alone then I’m sure he’ll accept my invitation for the […]

Second homers get yet another (Christmas) present from the Conservatives!

Posted on: 22nd December 2021

Another very merry Christmas for those Second home owners, Air BnB and other property investors who use the business rate tax loophole to avoid paying any tax at all. The Conservative Chancellor announced the Government will hand out yet more taxpayers’ money in the form of Covid aid to them. This news was strangely not […]

NO to developers’ charter. YES to homes for locals

Posted on: 18th April 2021

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Cornwall is one of the fastest developing places in the country. Our housing stock has doubled in the last forty years. But the housing problems of locals have got worse. Conservatives forced Cornwall to take another 52,500 homes in the current plan (2010-2030) and now want to increase again by over 80,000! […]

Conservatives to reinforce second home tax loop-hole, not remove it

Posted on: 25th March 2021

Andrew George was first to expose the multi-million second home tax loophole introduced by the Conservatives a decade ago. He says the apparent “crack-down” on it announced this week “is just pre-election confetti and will, if anything, merely reinforce the problem of a system rigged in favour of property investors and second homers to the […]

Over £100 million in Covid aid given to second homers – Chancellor should claw it back.

Posted on: 26th February 2021

Revealed – over £100m of Cornwall’s covid aid claimed by second home owners. It should instead be used for locals in housing need. I’ve also asked one Conservative MP second homer to back my call. Over £100 million of Cornwall’s Covid aid money has been handed out to second home owners since the first lockdown. […]

Second Homes March

Second and holiday homes in Cornwall

Posted on: 6th December 2018

Second and holiday homes in Cornwall will avoid paying nearly £100 million in tax this year. That’s my conclusion after analysing the latest stats I’d gathered on second home ownership. Nearly 7,000 homes which opt to pay business rates rather than higher Council tax have successfully applied for full rebate. A tax subsidy of £12.6 […]

Please talk to me Labour, if you want second homes clamp-down to work – George

Posted on: 24th September 2018

Welcoming the Labour Party’s apparent new-found support for measures to clamp down on second homes, leading campaigner for the Liberal Democrats, Andrew George, said he’d be pleased to speak to them to help turn their aspirations into effective policy. Mr George, who successfully led the campaign to remove the 50% Council Tax discount for second […]