An analysis of seven party manifestos reveals little to get excited about when it comes to proposals for tackling empty homes.
2015 General Election
This is a somewhat subjective analysis of the manifesto commitments of the major parties in the 2015 General Election with regard to the empty homes issue, measuring them against the five priority items in our own policy document.
In additon to the star-chart, there are notes which describe the basis on which the various stars have been awarded.
Empty Homes Agency Chief Executive Helen Williams is pushing Parliamentary candidates in England to commit to doing more about empty homes in the runup to the General Election on May 7th.
Candidates from all the main parties have been sent emails which EHA says "has prompted a good deal of interest, pledges and tweets across the political spectrum."
Email to prospective parliamentary candidates:
Empty Homes Agency campaign to reduce long-term empty homes
The Empty Homes Network policy paper aims to support the development of practical measures that are needed to keep the number of empty homes to a minimum.
As with all our policy papers, this one is the fruit of a collaborative exercise open to contributions from all our practitioners and has been carefully considered and agreed by the EHN Executive.
Five key action points emerged:
Leeds Empties produced this short animation with funding from The Nationwide Foundation to tell the story of the impact Latch, Canopy and Gipsil have had in Leeds, with Empty Homes Community Grant funding.
The film also aims to make the case for continued support for work to bring empty homes back into use.
Left-leaning think-tank the Institute for Public Policy Research is pushing for local authorities to be given more flexibility about how and when they charge the Empty Homes Premium. Key flexibilities being proposed include:
Suggests changes to the Empty Homes Premium to give local authorities more flexibility in the amount charged, when chargeable and what counts as "occupation"
It's no surprise, but the Labour Party has now stated officially that it will abandon the New Homes Bonus if it gets elected at the 2015 general election.