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Statement from Karin Smyth

Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Bristol South

 

CJ Hole and the Bristol property market

 

The publication of the letter from CJ Hole to landlords has laid bare the broken property market in Bristol. For far too many young people and families housing is simply not affordable.

 

The problem in the private rental market is two-fold, a chronic lack of supply of new homes and an unregulated free-for-all for letting agents. Local Labour Councillors and I fully support the Acorn campaign for an Ethical Lettings Charter but action also needs to be taken in Parliament.

 

Therefore a Labour government will legislate to:

 

  • Provide stability and protect tenants from unexpected rent rises with three year tenancies as standard
  • Ban rip-off letting fees
  • Force developers to “use or lose” land they hold
  • Build at least 200,000 new homes a year

 

In south Bristol the Council has identified brownfield sites for 2000 new homes, including in Bedminster. They must now get on with job of getting these new properties built and uphold the commitment that at least 30% of these should be defined as affordable.

 

Further details of Labour’s housing policy in Bristol South are available here

CJ Hole and the Bristol Property Market

Statement from Karin Smyth Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Bristol South   CJ Hole and the Bristol property market   The publication of the letter from CJ Hole to landlords has...

Ed Miliband is today setting out our plans to abolish the non-dom rules so that everyone who makes the UK their home pays UK tax.

 

Britain will only succeed when working people succeed. That means everyone playing by the same rules. But the non-dom tax rules allow those at the top to pay less tax through a special set of loopholes not available to most people. That's not fair - it means working people have to pay more.

 

The non-dom rules are unfair.

  • The vast majority of working people have to pay tax on all of their income and gains, wherever it comes from. Wealthy non-doms can live in the UK for many years, but avoid paying UK tax on income made abroad.

The non-dom rules are ridiculous.

  • The rules are not only used by foreigners, but by people who by any normal standards are British, so that they can pay less tax.
  • People born here, brought up here and living here can claim non-dom status if their father was born abroad.
  • People born and brought up here, who live abroad for a while and then move back to the UK, can claim non-dom status if they say they plan to move abroad again in future, and do simple things like buy an overseas burial plot or subscribe to foreign newspapers.

The non-dom rules are abused.

  • The rules are supposed to allow non-doms not to pay tax on income from abroad. But they are also being used to avoid tax on UK income and property.
  • Non-doms can use offshore trusts to buy expensive UK homes and avoid inheritance tax.

Labour will abolish non-dom tax status.

  • Labour will abolish the non-dom rules and replace them with a system where everyone who makes the UK their home pays full UK tax, and only those who are genuinely temporarily resident in the UK - like students, or people who spend a short time here on business - can be taxed on just their UK income.
  • By closing down these loopholes Labour will raise hundreds of millions of pounds in additional tax revenue, which will be used for reducing the deficit. And we will send a clear message that everyone, however wealthy they are, should play by the same rules.

Labour will abolish non-dom tax status

Ed Miliband is today setting out our plans to abolish the non-dom rules so that everyone who makes the UK their home pays UK tax.   Britain will only succeed...

Britain will never succeed if we follow the Tory plan of a low wage, low skill economy – a race to the bottom in which ordinary, working people are always the losers. This approach will not secure more and better paid jobs for south Bristol.

 

We believe that prosperity must be built for the many, not the few.

 

That means winning a race to the top, with well paid, high skilled jobs in new industries, and more people setting up, leading and succeeding in business. This private sector growth needs to be supported by an active government, investing for the long-term, setting clear priorities, and enabling businesses to grow.

 

Bristol should be a world leader in low carbon technology and green jobs. When we open new renewable energy sites, we want to see British manufacturing companies producing the plants, equipment and technology that make them possible.

 

Our low carbon industries can create a million more of the high skilled jobs we need to win the race to the top.

 

More Apprenticeships

 

Far too many young people in south Bristol are having real difficulty finding decent jobs. Many more high quality apprenticeships are needed so that young people can get the experience and confidence that they need to get on in life.

Only one in ten employers in Bristol and across the UK offers apprenticeships and that needs to change. Labour wants every firm with a major government contract and every employer hiring skilled workers from outside the EU to pay back the country by offering apprenticeships.

 

With new skills and opportunities the next generation will not be left behind.

 

Labour’s plan for the economy

 

• Promote the Living Wage through legislation

• Increase the National Minimum Wage to £8 an hour

• Ban exploitative zero hour contracts

• Create a million new high tech, green jobs by 2025

• Insulate five million homes over the next ten years

• Cut business rates for 1.5 million business properties

Labour's plan for the economy

Britain will never succeed if we follow the Tory plan of a low wage, low skill economy – a race to the bottom in which ordinary, working people are always...

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