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Submitted by David Gibbens on 21 Jul 2014 - 12:54
Ed Miliband

After research by the BBC revealed that seven London boroughs were not using the Empty Homes Premium (see story here), Ed Miliband has pledged to raise the Empty Homes Premium to 100% in England, if elected, matching the approach already being taken in Wales and Scotland. A recent mention of the same policy initiative by Emma Reynolds confirms that this is now the Labour position.

The London Boroughs not using the power were named as Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, Bromley, Havering, Hillingdon, Kingston-upon-Thames and Merton.  The cabinet member for housing for Westminster, Daniel Astaire, spoke to the BBC and offered probably the most supine view on empty homes ever to be heard: "Privately owned property is owned for a number of...