Former housing minster demands reforms
A former housing minister has come up with a raft of reforms that he kept to himself when he was in a position to potentially do something about them.
One of many, many former housing ministers, Dominic Rabb MP has demanded a brand new help to buy scheme that would see landlords exempted from capital gains tax if they sell to their tenants, and the scrapping of stamp duty for homes worth less than £500,000.
However, critics have slammed the much-derided MP – who, amazingly, is apparently a genuine contender to become next prime minister when Theresa May quits – and have pointed out that he kept his mouth firmly shut about such things when he was housing minister.
In conversation with the the Sunday Telegraph, naturally, Rabb also said that his government had failed to stand up to developers and make sure that enough new homes are being built.
On top of all this, he also called for more public-owned land to be released and for councils to be allowed to sell plots to small developers – once again, opinions that weren’t evident while he was in charge of housing, a point that hasn’t escaped the National Federation of Builders (NFB).
Richard Beresford, CEO of the NFB, said: ‘I don’t remember Dominic Raab having any of these ideas when he was housing minister. The revolving door used to usher in a steady stream of housing ministers is unlikely to get any rest, so how likely is it that these ideas will be implemented?’
Raab quit as Brexit Secretary some time after discovering that Dover played an important role in the transport of goods between the UK and continental Europe. Since then, he has furiously criticised Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal – a deal he himself partly negotiated.