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Watch: Labour in England say they will follow Welsh Government’s lead on tackling second homes

21 Jul 2022 3 minute read
Lisa Nandy. Picture by Rwendland (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Labour in England have said that they will follow the Welsh Government’s lead in tackling second homes.

Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, Lisa Nandy, said that they would be “introducing a licensing system inspired by my good friend Mark Drakeford in Wales”.

The Welsh Government, as part of a cooperation deal with Plaid Cymru, are currently taking action to try and reduce the number of holiday homes in Welsh communities.

Following a consultation, from April local authorities will be able to set council tax premiums on second homes and long-term empty properties to 300% from April 2023. The criteria for self-catering accommodation being liable for business rates instead of council tax will also change at the same time, from 70 to 182 days.

Lisa Nandy announced plans to “tackle the challenge of second homes in coastal and rural areas” in England by introducing a licensing system to identify genuine holiday lets, as opposed to second homeowners who “leave properties empty while pretending to rent them out to holidaymakers”.

The Wigan MP said: “We need to give power back to those people with a stake in the outcome and skin in the game, who are in it for the long haul.

“Today I can announce that we’re tackling the challenge of second homes in coastal areas,” she said. “Introducing a licencing system inspired by my good friend Mark Drakeford in Wales.

“With a stronger licencing system communities will be able to reap the rewards of thriving tourism, and end the scourge of communities becoming ghost towns when holidays.

“People are priced out of their own neighbourhoods, just for homes to stand empty for months. And trusting the community working with the community they can find the right balance to bring growth and jobs and income but protect the spirit and the fabric of a community that matters so much.”

 

The Welsh Government said earlier this year that their changes would stop second home owners from classifying homes as businesses because they are let out for one fifth of the year.

โ€œAs part of the Co-operation Agreement with Plaid Cymru, we are committed to taking immediate action to address the impact of second homes and unaffordable housing in communities across Wales, using the planning, property and taxation systems,โ€ Economy Minister Rebecca Evans said.

โ€œAs we continue to progress the package of measures and drawing on the latest evidence base, we will keep under constant review the whole range of levers available to use and how they may be deployed most effectively to meet our policy objectives and avoid any unintended consequences.โ€


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Cathy Jones
Cathy Jones
4 months ago

Where Cymru leads others to follow…thank you to Starmer’s Labour for that ringing endorsement of not only Welsh Labour but also the Senedd and the people in Cymru…
whether intentionally or not.

SundanceKid
SundanceKid
4 months ago
Reply to  Cathy Jones

It is definitely not intentional.

It was rumoured that Starmer did not approve of the Plaid-Labour Co-operation Agreement. He had warned Scottish Labour not to work with the SNP only a few months earlier.

Furthermore, though the plan adopted by Welsh Government is an excellent one, it was the brainchild of Plaid.

Labour in England will go to any lengths to claim an idea as their own.

Last edited 4 months ago by SundanceKid
Wynford Jones
Wynford Jones
4 months ago

“The next Labour government…” will never happen. The maths is against them. SNP dominate in Scotland and can only get stronger. Tories will scrape in (at worst for them). The best that UK Labour can hope for is to lead a coalition. Once Scotland is out of the UK, Labour becomes an irrelevance; rump UK politics will shift massively to the Right, dominated by Tory++ and Tory lite. Thankfully I will have passed away by then. I just hope that it’s not too late for a truly patriotic Welsh party to rise up before we become another Cornwall.

Quornby
Quornby
4 months ago

Nandy you may recall wanted to use “spanish methods” ,against people supporting independence in Scotland. I wonder if her “good friend” Mr Drakeford endorses armed police dragging women voters from polling stations by their hair as well as this silly cow.

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