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Statistics on Social Housing Builds

This is from Table 241 from DCLG. Social Housing is important. For example families with disabled children cannot get adaptations to private rented property.
Average number of completed properties.

periodprivateregistered social landlordcouncil1980-1997 (Conservative)159,49521,95324,4151998-2010 (Labour)161,06824,8004872011-2013 (Coalition)108,47330,2432,563
On average the coalition built over 5 times the number of council houses compared to Labour and over 5,000 more social houses in total per year.
YearRSLLATotal1980214808853011001019811970068330880301982137404009053830198316820391705599019841729037570548601985136503042044070198613160253803854019871315021830349801988134902145034940198914600193203392019901793017710356401991208201106031880199226500566032160199335910336039270199436860288039740199538760343042190199632950174034690199728340154029880199824100110025200199923730330240602000219902802227020012108036021440200218940250191902003176202501787020042066013020790200523490230237202006…

Why Jess Phillips is wrong to encourage benefits Tourism

One of the threads of the General Election debate both in Yardley and nationally is what is happening to the more vulnerable people in society.

All the vaguely rational parties (and I include part of the Labour Party in this) accept that we need to get government finances under control. The government has income (from taxes and levies etc) and spends money on services (the NHS, police etc). As it stands when the expenditure exceeds the income we have a deficit that needs to be borrowed each year. The government sells fixed term bonds which pay interest each year and then after a number of years the government pays back the capital. Each year also the government has to reborrow some money to pay of the bonds that mature in each year. If the government has a surplus (after paying interest) it can reduce the amount of debt by issuing less debt than it pays off.

The government has been benefiting from being able to reissue debt at a lower interest rate.  This has reduced the defic…

Videos of Candidates

I had hoped that there would be a video recording of the Hustings at South Yardley Library, but sadly although there were people who said they wanted to do it. It did not happen. However, there was a video recording of the short presentation of the four candidates who went to the Birmingham Mail Twitter Hustings.

I have extracted those comments for the four candidates.
Jess Phillips

Teval Stephens

Grant Bishop

Me

Current Odds

The background behind Labour's leaflets in Yardley

The thing that most irritates me about Labour's leaflets is the rubbish about subsistence. As I made clear on this blog earlier I stopped claiming subsistence in April 2009 - as my contribution to reducing the deficit. However, the local Labour MPs did not stop claiming subsistence. Furthermore Jess Phillips has not been obvious in her absence from the annual council dinner. So we are paying for her dinner, we are paying for Roger Godsiff and Liam Byrne's dinner, but I am paying for my dinner myself.

Her second main attack is on me being a successful businessman. For some reason she believes that 67,000 is an ordinary wage that keeps people in touch. I think Eamonn Flynn understands this issue better with his Dave Nellist style approach. A 67,000 income is not an ordinary income. Jess Phillips, in any event, declares three jobs from which she earns money, the Sandwell Job, The Job as Longbridge Councillor and the Job with Jack Dromey. She has not yet explained what…