Housing is one of the top 5 issue in the polls nationally but, according to what I heard, it wasn't mentioned last Thursday on the C4/Sky Jeremy Paxman TV debate. To get it on the agenda for the ITV Leaders' Debate on Thurs 2 April 2015 at 8pm, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and put in a question on housing. (Shelter are asking people to do this.)
See http://www.itv.com/news/2015-03-16/itv-leaders-debate-what-question-would-you-like-to-put-to-the-party-leaderswhere ITV says: What question would you like to ask the party leaders? On Thurs 2 April 2015 at 8pm, ITV will air a debate in the run up to May's general election with party leaders of the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Ukip, the SNP, the Green Party and Plaid Cymru. ITV is asking viewers what questions they would like to ask the party leaders. If you want to get involved, email your question to email@example.com
For info see also http://blog.shelter.org.uk/2015/03/housing-in-the-marginals-how-is-the-housing-crisis-affecting-political-battlegrounds
Please could you put this question to the party leaders involved in your debate?
Housing Benefit is a huge drain on the state’s resources – costing nearly £25 billion a year* – but, in the case of private-rented housing, it serves mainly to line the pockets of profiteering landlords rather than improve the lives of tenants, so wouldn’t it be better for the government to (a) build more social housing and (b) bring back strict rent controls coupled with security of tenure in the private-rented sector so as to save on the Housing Benefit bill?
*see for example
Or to make it brief:
Housing Benefit costs nearly £25 billion a year and much of it goes to profiteering landlords rather than tenants, so wouldn’t it be better to bring back strict rent controls (coupled with security of tenure) in the private-rented sector so as to save on the Housing Benefit bill?
Thanks and regards, ...