Nick Clegg's 'second home tax' hint applauded by Tim Farron

The Westmorland Gazette: Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg

WESTMORLAND and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron has applauded Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg for suggesting a new tax should be imposed on second home owners.

The Deputy Prime Minister hinted a proposal for council tax surcharges on holiday homes could be included in the party’s 2015 election manifesto.

Speaking at his monthly press conference, Mr Clegg said second home owners were ‘gutting’ rural communities, leaving young people unable to buy houses.

According to Mr Farron, who is Lib Dem president, South Lakeland 'has the worst level of second home ownership in England'.

He said any money raised by a new tax would be ‘ring-fenced’ so it could be used for local communities affected the prevalence of holiday homes.

“We don’t want to declare war on second homeowners - people are entitled to buy these homes,” he said. “But what we want to do is to make sure they compensate communities that suffer because there are too many second homes.”

Mr Farron said holiday cottages let to the public would not be affected by the proposal.

“The problem in South Lakes is we have some villages, like Elterwater, where large majority of houses are second homes. When you get more than ten or 20 per cent of properties in a community owned as second homes it begins to have a damaging effect, leading to the closure of local services such as schools, post offices and pubs.”

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5:31pm Tue 17 Jun 14

hogheaven says...

Well this should stir up the hornets nest! come on Jazz lets hear your views?
Well this should stir up the hornets nest! come on Jazz lets hear your views? hogheaven
  • Score: 6

6:03pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Ken.Moor says...

'two many' eh? That's IS a lot! .
'two many' eh? That's IS a lot! . Ken.Moor
  • Score: 3

9:50pm Tue 17 Jun 14

jazzactivist says...

Aw, sorry you missed me, Hoggy! I'm sure you know my view on second and investment homes in the area by now. I think this tax idea is to be welcomed, but in true Lib Dem fence-sitting fashion it is mitigated by stating that people are 'entitled' to buy second homes. So, sadly, this tax will never properly get off the ground or be the amount it should be. There does need to be a heavy tax on second / investment homes in lieu of owners not contributing to the vitality of the community/ies. Seems easy to me - either participate or pay. Perhaps the mechanism should be a reduction in Council Tax for permanent residents for each aspect of organised voluntary work we do in our communities, and the difference paid by second / investment home owners on top of their Council Tax?
Aw, sorry you missed me, Hoggy! I'm sure you know my view on second and investment homes in the area by now. I think this tax idea is to be welcomed, but in true Lib Dem fence-sitting fashion it is mitigated by stating that people are 'entitled' to buy second homes. So, sadly, this tax will never properly get off the ground or be the amount it should be. There does need to be a heavy tax on second / investment homes in lieu of owners not contributing to the vitality of the community/ies. Seems easy to me - either participate or pay. Perhaps the mechanism should be a reduction in Council Tax for permanent residents for each aspect of organised voluntary work we do in our communities, and the difference paid by second / investment home owners on top of their Council Tax? jazzactivist
  • Score: -27

10:43pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Fenderee Durathor says...

So Timid Farton applauds yet another good idea - yet fails to say why rural housing is going to be in short supply in Ambleside once again when the Uni reopens.

Probably something to do with students needing accommodation for 8 months of the year - and becoming holiday lets for the other 4 months doesn't seem to bother him in the slightest, as long as he and Glegg keep the great ideas coming out of the LibDemmed magic hat!
So Timid Farton applauds yet another good idea - yet fails to say why rural housing is going to be in short supply in Ambleside once again when the Uni reopens. Probably something to do with students needing accommodation for 8 months of the year - and becoming holiday lets for the other 4 months doesn't seem to bother him in the slightest, as long as he and Glegg keep the great ideas coming out of the LibDemmed magic hat! Fenderee Durathor
  • Score: 9

6:19am Wed 18 Jun 14

searcher21c says...

According to the national press, Clegg's parents own two very valuable holiday homes abroad. Rather than inherit them I presume he will donate them to charities who can then offer holidays to needy people.
According to the national press, Clegg's parents own two very valuable holiday homes abroad. Rather than inherit them I presume he will donate them to charities who can then offer holidays to needy people. searcher21c
  • Score: 14

6:13pm Wed 18 Jun 14

jazzactivist says...

It would be semi-useful if he did, searcher21c, but even better if he just gave them to local people who need somewhere to live. There are many working people in all parts of the world who struggle to afford somewhere permanent to live.

I notice the usual people on here have given the thumbs down to my comment above, but something has to be done to even out the housing situation here in the Lakes so that your youngre generations of working people can afford somewhere permament to live. It isn't good enough to expect them to rent homes on ASTs and pay other people's mortgages and pensions for them. I noticed this week that the four holiday homers in my short street left on Sunday leaving their bins out for Tuesday collection, and for the permanent residents to put them back for them. Likewise, the leaflets I delivered about local services and events are still lying in their hallways unread. There is a serious problem here about second homers increasing the cost of housing, and not contributing to the local community. If you don't like Nick Clegg's idea of extra taxation or my idea of redistributing Council Tax payments based on local voluntary participation then what do you suggest?
It would be semi-useful if he did, searcher21c, but even better if he just gave them to local people who need somewhere to live. There are many working people in all parts of the world who struggle to afford somewhere permanent to live. I notice the usual people on here have given the thumbs down to my comment above, but something has to be done to even out the housing situation here in the Lakes so that your youngre generations of working people can afford somewhere permament to live. It isn't good enough to expect them to rent homes on ASTs and pay other people's mortgages and pensions for them. I noticed this week that the four holiday homers in my short street left on Sunday leaving their bins out for Tuesday collection, and for the permanent residents to put them back for them. Likewise, the leaflets I delivered about local services and events are still lying in their hallways unread. There is a serious problem here about second homers increasing the cost of housing, and not contributing to the local community. If you don't like Nick Clegg's idea of extra taxation or my idea of redistributing Council Tax payments based on local voluntary participation then what do you suggest? jazzactivist
  • Score: -17

5:39pm Fri 20 Jun 14

give-up says...

Not everyone is a voluntary second home owner. Very few people are buying property so you can be left with an unwanted house and the pleasure of paying full council tax despite receiving no services and taking no income from it.
Not everyone is a voluntary second home owner. Very few people are buying property so you can be left with an unwanted house and the pleasure of paying full council tax despite receiving no services and taking no income from it. give-up
  • Score: -1

11:45pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Gingery says...

give-up wrote:
Not everyone is a voluntary second home owner. Very few people are buying property so you can be left with an unwanted house and the pleasure of paying full council tax despite receiving no services and taking no income from it.
Oh dudumms and what a load of rubbish. No income, most people see property as investment ie prices increasing. If they aren't living there it's an asset that people with only the home they live in don't have. If it's that bad they can drop the price.
[quote][p][bold]give-up[/bold] wrote: Not everyone is a voluntary second home owner. Very few people are buying property so you can be left with an unwanted house and the pleasure of paying full council tax despite receiving no services and taking no income from it.[/p][/quote]Oh dudumms and what a load of rubbish. No income, most people see property as investment ie prices increasing. If they aren't living there it's an asset that people with only the home they live in don't have. If it's that bad they can drop the price. Gingery
  • Score: 4

4:45pm Sun 22 Jun 14

jazzactivist says...

I agree with Gingery. If someone 'accidentally' ends up with an unlived-in home on their hands, Give-up, then the obvious solution is to drop the price so that it can be bought by someone who would live there as their only home.
I agree with Gingery. If someone 'accidentally' ends up with an unlived-in home on their hands, Give-up, then the obvious solution is to drop the price so that it can be bought by someone who would live there as their only home. jazzactivist
  • Score: -2

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