Petition the government to target an end to rising house prices

In the past decade, the number of people stuck in the private rented sector has doubled. Houses already cost 10 times the average salary and their price keeps rising faster than wages. Now it takes a family 12 years to save a deposit on the average house, and today’s young adults are expected to be worse off than their parents. 

The only way housing will become affordable is if earnings start rising faster than house prices. By setting a house price inflation target of zero percent, the government would need to focus on fixing the housing market. But they won’t do anything unless they know people will vote for it.

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Why we are calling for the government to target 0% house price inflation

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We, the undersigned, call on Her Majesty’s Government to set a house price inflation target of zero percent and to pursue policies to achieve this including a programme of housebuilding, property tax reform, and providing rented housing that tenants aren’t desperate to escape.

 

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  • Amanda Meaden
    signed 2015-04-23 21:47:59 +0100
  • anthony dixon
    signed 2015-04-21 21:57:04 +0100
    The government has been using tax payers money to stoke up house price inflation simply to make it more electable. Investment needs are being privileged over the fundamental human need for shelter and security that a home provides.

    This will continue and accelerate until we get organised.
  • James Stevenson
    signed 2015-04-20 23:34:42 +0100
  • Kelly Ramsay
    signed 2015-04-18 15:51:16 +0100
  • lee powney
    signed 2015-04-16 21:37:22 +0100
  • Zafry Mohamed
    signed 2015-04-16 16:36:17 +0100
  • Ryan Barker
    signed 2015-04-12 16:56:21 +0100
  • Ivan Emsden
    signed 2015-04-10 12:28:47 +0100
    All sensible ideas but very difficult to convince most people that house prices should only rise in line with wages.Also no political party appears to face up to the problems caused by the let-to -buy explosion.Surely stopping mortgage interest relief would raise some tax income and discourage some buy-to-letters!!

    A reduction in immigration might also help in some small way.
  • Marcus Vidler
    signed 2015-04-08 13:52:43 +0100
  • Lynn Hughes
    signed 2015-04-04 20:16:05 +0100
  • Dominic Leigh
    signed 2015-03-31 11:26:39 +0100
  • Louise Moss
    signed 2015-03-30 22:37:01 +0100
  • No spined Bitch
    signed 2015-03-30 11:30:48 +0100
    So, recently I have been having to live on the streets because of my house being taken away. This lead to my spine being kicked in my thugs and it is now at a 90 degree angle. While this was happening, they took out a pistol and blasted my cat in the head causing it to fly off and fly up my bum bum. Now because this is so hairy, it got all sticky and I toppled over because of my spine. I really need this spine transplant, and hopefully, my son will one day be able to use it as a crooked dildo. My son fawaz is very fond of them you see, and likes big long pink ones to tickle him on his moustache.
  • Eliot Herbert
    signed 2015-03-30 11:24:23 +0100
    My brother Joshua needs help with using his new fuck master pro. He uses it in the garden every day and I don’t know how to use it properly. If I could afford a house maybe I could afford it
  • Hassan Miah
    signed 2015-03-30 11:19:05 +0100
    POSTMAN PAT
  • Eleri Caruana
    signed via 2015-03-30 07:55:44 +0100
  • Owain Evans
    signed 2015-03-29 16:28:57 +0100
  • Ruth Glenister
    signed 2015-03-29 05:46:00 +0100
    For the last 3 years our rent has increased around 2-4x faster than our salaries. The cost of moving every few years, to an increasingly smaller property, is a stress we don’t want to endure all our lives. Security is needed for peace of mind, as much as avoiding poverty.
  • Bruce Shepherd
    signed 2015-03-25 13:26:49 +0000
  • Nicola Stockton
    signed 2015-03-25 11:31:13 +0000
  • Laura Shepherd
    signed 2015-03-24 21:24:45 +0000
  • Dominic Waithe
    signed 2015-03-24 20:47:40 +0000
  • Tom Putney
    signed 2015-03-21 17:49:07 +0000
  • Joanna Szostek
    signed 2015-03-20 09:08:10 +0000
  • Cat Macgregor
    signed 2015-03-19 17:18:55 +0000
  • Clair Woodward
    signed 2015-03-18 10:02:34 +0000
  • Meera Kumar
    signed 2015-03-14 22:13:54 +0000
    Lone parent, keyworker isn’t going to get a slice of pie. Instead a child will get to tour the inside of many primary schools due to increased rentals, due to move to 3rd primary school because of it.

    Moving costs a minimum of £1000, depleting Savings every few years. Shared ownership, ‘low cost housing’ is a myth, a Conservative speak….. er I mean Coalition….. a cry that Labour mimics. Are developers and so called charity associations acquiring relief, tax or otherwise for supposedly providing ‘low cost’ housing to help the less fortunate to get a step on the ladder. At one first time buyer home show, a person put on stage exulting the pros who could get a slice of shared ownership, 2 bed flat, Greenwich was on a £50 – 60k salary + £partner’s salary + 70k deposit. Shared ownership where I live, the housing association is offering £500k 2 bed, £650k 3 bed properties with salary of £45 – £60k – £85k plus deposits can go up to £90k and so who is actually going to get this ‘low cost housing’ alternative to buy? Not the people it should be meant for. And where are the keyworker schemes where did they go?! I can’t help feeling there are some fat cats, pulling strings, sitting licking the cream off their chops.
  • ceri williams
    signed 2015-03-12 08:21:22 +0000
    They are deliberately allowing the very rich to buy up the UK like they are doing in Canada then no-one else who works here can afford to live here -meanwhile the very rich don’t even add to the economy
  • Andy Thompson
    signed 2015-03-11 19:58:32 +0000
  • Anna Walsh
    signed 2015-03-10 21:43:00 +0000