Osborne says housing shortage to last a decade – try living that long in a B&B

It’s difficult to portray the contempt with which the Tories view the victims of this acute squeeze on housing. A large majority of the electorate believe the bedroom tax is wrong and unjust, yet when a UN special investigator on housing called on it to be withdrawn, a Tory housing minister excoriated it as a ‘Marxist diatribe’. But if the Tories are so obsessed with the idea that in the housing scarcity they’ve created themselves through their economic policies, every available area of accommodation must be utilised, why do they ignore large areas of London (and also other cities) which the super-rich have bought up as an asset and then left to decay unoccupied by them and unlet? Continue reading