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Posted on 10/23/2011 5:55:55 PM PDT by little jeremiah
25million empty bedrooms across the country at a time when many are struggling to bu
Older people should be taxed out of their family homes to free up space for younger generations, says a report backed by Labour.
It argues that 'empty nesters' in their 60s are taking up too much room and should be 'encouraged' by a new 'land tax' to downsize to smaller homes.
The call comes from the Intergenerational Foundation, a left-leaning think-tank that aims to 'promote fairness between generations'.
Labour MP Tessa Jowell sponsored the report's launch in a Commons hospitality room yesterday, saying the current situation ran against Ed Miliband's vision for Britain.
But the 'bedroom blocker' plan drew condemnation from Tory ministers and pressure groups for older people.
Tory housing minister Grant Shapps said: 'We do not agree that people should be taxed or bullied out of their homes.'
The Intergenerational Foundation says there are 25million unused bedrooms in the country and eight million under-occupied homes. More than half of people aged over 65 live in homes with two or more spare bedrooms that could be used by young families, it adds.
The report, Hoarding of Housing, says: While younger families are increasingly being squeezed into small flats and under-sized houses, older people are often rattling around in big houses with many bedrooms standing empty, often for years.
Report co-author Matthew Griffiths said: It is perfectly understandable that retired people cling to their home long after it has outlived its usefulness as a place to bring a family up in.
But there are profound social consequences of their actions which are now causing real problems in a country where new house building is almost non-existent.
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Over-60 bedroom blockers 'should be taxed out of their homes' to encourage them to leave 'too large' family houses
From the link, info about the “Intergenerational Foundation”:
The Intergenerational Foundation is a non-party political not-for-profit organisation with charitable objectives.
It has been established with the stated aim of ‘researching fairness between current and future generations in the UK’.
The IF believes policy-makers favour older generations at the expense of younger people, for example in terms of benefits, without looking at long-term cost.
‘The UK has a taxation regime skewed against young people, pension arrangements that are unfair, and growing environmental, healthcare and welfare liabilities that are being passed on to future generations,’ it says on its website.
‘We are both actively researching the causes of current intergenerational unfairness and offering possible solutions for a fairer future.’
Envy is just another form of greed.
I just read the comments to the article. Ha ha - they all hated it, and said so in no uncertain language.
Now the Daily Mail is not accepting any more comments. LOL!
Right out of Dr. Zhivago.
My grandmother lives alone in her 5 bedroom house and she seems to like it just fine that way.
Disgusting. If any of these young families want to build up enough money to buy me out of my house, they are quite welcome to it.
Until then, piss off!
And git off my damn lawn!!!
They need to research that?
Elderly taxed to death is what this is.
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Those who flap their gums about ‘fairness’ would be anything but if they ever seized control.
I guess the NHS isn’t killing off the older generation fast enough. They will have to redouble their efforts!
Amazing what “leaders” can come up with- Crap- if they build some new housing for the younger, there will be employment and enough room for the young. Of course that would be akin to using common sense and that ain’t gonna happen.
If anyone has a photo of an old guy flipping the bird, here’s a good spot for it.
I find it interesting that none of them discuss moving in WITH the elders and fill up the empty bed rooms.
Travis McGee is not only a great writer, he’s prophetic because he knows history and also keeps abreast of current events, much like Glenn Beck, and I mean this in a most complimentary manner.
GOOD on you, little jeremiah, for making such a wonderful mention of Travis McGee and his book, Enemies Foreign and Domestic.
And who exactly decides what is intergenerational fairness? What are the criteria? Who decides that older people with no children or grown children don’t “need” a house? Supposed they worked hard and scrimped and saved to afford their house? Who the heck has the right to judge them in this manner?
I know the answer is that liberals want to be the ones to decide what’s fair, and the criteria are an ever shifting hodge podge of demands and complaints about the way society is structured. To me, that’s extremely unfair and presumptuous of liberals to be making such judgements about other people.
The liberals who lecture us about tolerance and civility and respect for people and all of that, have a strong totalitarian streak in them, when discussing issues of “fairness” and “equality”.
To a liberal, taxes are the final solution to every problem, including imaginary ones.
Come n' GET me, coppers !
I resisted getting “Enemies Foreign and Domestic” for a long time because I’m just not a fiction writer. Finally I got them “for hub” and he did practically NOTHING for about a week except read each book cover to cover, oftne reading out loud to me! I HIGHLY recommend them. They’re prophetic.
I got them from his own site so he’d get all the money.
We bought a set for our County Sheriff’s office to read, too.
First kick them out of their houses, then take their “unnecessary” possessions and “extra” money, and then - Soylent Green!!!
Sounds like a large number of these Labour leftists need to be lined up against the wall and shot by patriotic Brits ... Oh, silly me, the British government seized all private weapons years ago.
“Keep your laws out of my bedroom!!! - Put my laws on those old peoples bedrooms!!!”
Instead of taxing and forcing them to sell at your price, why not try offering more money until they like the price you are offering.
Today the old are taking up too much space. Tomorrow they will be taking up too much oxygen.
So basically what i am reading is that the british Government is thinking of stealing the the homes from their elderly and giving them to young muzzie families on welfare?
Thanks, although I wish these themes were still considered far-fetched fantasy.
Thanks, although I wish these themes were still considered far-fetched fantasy.
Almost sounds like an OWS demand, but the Brits always get there first with immoral laws.
We are only renting our houses from the school/unions anyway. How long until they begin telling us how to better utilize space in America?
Are these people nuts?
Interesting how the vices all the religions have always warned about - lust, greed, envy, anger, sloth, etc - are all now the mandatory cultural standards!
“Today the old are taking up too much space. Tomorrow they will be taking up too much oxygen.”
Yeah. And they eat too much and produce too much carbon too.
It never ceases to amaze me what an irritating lot of fascists call themselves liberals these days.
Coming soon to America, long as Democrats and their enablers have any say-so.
Don't worry, they'll have an oxygen tax before too long, and the only way some will be able to afford will be to turn in the old people to the death panels.
I have visions of Logan's Run running through my head, to make it fair for everyone and to have room, you get to die at 30.
Society doomed the last several generations, in their effort to be "fair", they forgot to teach that sometimes to get what you want in life you have to work hard for it, be an achiever, now all they teach is how to be a victim, and expect everything handed to them.
We are not far from Logan's Run
I was alone in a 6 bedroom house for 7 years.
Finally smartened up and downsized but,and it’s a big but,it was my decision.
Nanny, nanny, nanny state?
These oldsters may want the rooms for many reasons. Family, a future home caretaker, or rent out to some student for extra cash.
The Crown could quarter troops in them.
Such things can be said in UK cause the citizens are not armed...
soylent green after organ harvesting...
Idiot idea, but nowhere is Islam mentioned.This FR obsession with getting the Muzzies in everywhere gets farcical at times.
Do you think all British Muslims are unemployed or that all young unemployed British are Muslim?.
Oh, silly you, they didnt.
As has been explained here many times.
a—not true. Rifles and shotguns are legal. Handguns and assault rifles are not. .22 air rifles and pistols are legal.
b—the British public was never a gunowning populace. The highest amount of legal handguns, rifles, shotguns was 1.5m in 1996. Given that like myself owners owned multiple guns, the amount of Brits who owned a gun would have been half a million, maybe slightly more, maybe less.
Your average Brit is more likely to own a collection of knives and samurai swords.
It’s a silly argument, because if you REALLY want to make the old people shut up and go sit down because their turn is over and it’s onky fair to let the younger people play, you have to take away the right to vote. Old people stuff the ballot boxes and get all kinds of things past that arnt fair to younr people.