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Submitted by David Gibbens on 23 Apr 2015 - 12:43
First page of EHN Manifesto-Meter

An analysis of seven party manifestos reveals little to get excited about when it comes to proposals for tackling empty homes. 

The comparison of the policies in the manifestos, details of which can be found in our "Manifesto-Meter", took the five key points in the Empty Homes Network's Filling the Empties policy position paper as the benchmark against which the various manifestos were evaluated.  Up to five stars were available in each category depending how closely the party proposals matched our own suggested policies, and taking into account the relative importance of the individual proposals overall. 

Given the understandably restricted amount of detail to be found in the manifestos, the evaluation took other sources of policy into account, such as recent policy statements by senior politicians (eg Labour...