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Lib Dems announce plans to tackle the growing number of long-term empty homes in Swindon

November 20, 2019 10:38 AM

Swindon PPCs Stan Pajak and Katie CritchlowThe Liberal Democrats announce today that they would allow Swindon Council to increase council tax by up to 500% on empty homes that are left empty long-term.

The latest Government statistics show that there were 484 homes left empty long-term in Swindon in 2018.

In response, and as part of its plan to alleviate the housing crisis, the Liberal Democrats would legislate to allow Swindon Council to increase council tax by up to 500% where properties are being left vacant long-term. The revenues would then be reinvested to build new homes for the community or to invest in local services.

Commenting on the announcement, Liberal Democrat Candidates for North and South Swindon Katie Critchlow and Stan Pajak said:

"People across Swindon are worried about the lack of genuinely affordable homes. But they are being priced out of the local area because of the shocking rise of empty homes.

"Wealthy owners are treating these properties as financial assets rather than a place to live. This demonstrates a complete lack of regard for the impacts on local people.

"The Liberal Democrats will fix the housing market and tackle the issue of empty homes in Swindon. We will ensure that everyone is secure in their home and delivering a brighter future for our country."