Lib Dems announce plans to tackle the growing number of long-term empty homes

November 18, 2019 5:35 PM

The Liberal Democrats announce today that they would allow Castle Point to increase council tax by up to 500% on empty homes that are left empty long-term.

The latest Government statistics show that there were 290 homes left empty long-term across Castle Point in 2018; up from 216 in 2016.

In response, and as part of its plan to alleviate the housing crisis, the Liberal Democrats would legislate to allow Castle Point to increase council tax by up to 500% where properties are being left vacant long-term. The revenues would then be reinvested to build new homes for the community or to invest in local services.

Commenting on the announcement, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Castle Point, John Howson said:

"People across Castle Point are worried about the lack of genuinely affordable homes. But they are being priced out of the local area because of the shocking rise of empty homes.

"Wealthy owners are treating these properties as financial assets rather than a place to live. This demonstrates a complete lack of regard for the impacts on local people.

"The Liberal Democrats will fix the housing market and tackle the issue of empty homes in this part of Essex We will ensure that everyone is secure in their home and delivering a brighter future for our country."