Winchester City Council's 'more for less' pledge

Council's 'more for less' pledge

Council's 'more for less' pledge

First published in Politics

WINCHESTER civic chiefs have pledged to get “even more for even less” after approving their annual budget.

The Conservative-led council is freezing council tax for a second year in a row, with the average Band D charge remaining at £126.27.

But the Liberal Democrats criticised the Cabinet for balancing the budget with £500,000 from council reserves, with £1.1m more expected to be withdrawn next year .

Lib Dem leader Cllr Kelsie Learney said: “We need to start immediately looking for radical changes in the way the council provides services. There are things we do very well but many of these things can be done adequately. We can still provide a good service to residents without providing a gold-plated one.”

Council leader Cllr Keith Wood defended the budget. He said it was a sensible approach and added: “Our policy is to gradually ensure that council finances are sound and we will take responsibility for that.”

Councillors’ allowances are also frozen but the proposals included making the council a Living Wage Employer, a system which guarantees its lowest paid staff enough income to meet basic living needs.

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7:58am Tue 26 Feb 13

angelleb says...

Housing costs have only 2 main factors - SUPPLY and DEMAND.

SUPPLY of rental accommodation and the number of people looking for rental accommodation (DEMAND). The supply of rental housing is nothing the government can really do anything about as its too far in debt to build houses.

But when the population increases by 5 million purely from legal and illegal immigration then the demand outstrips supply which is why we have the unbelievable situation of rising house prices as well as rising rental prices during a recession/depression - this is UNPRECEDENTED.

How can you have property prices going up during a double/triple dip recession? Well because the bottom of the property ladder is being held up by property investors who can see the good returns from renting out cheap houses to people on low incomes.

The only way to stop rising rent prices is to hold back UNCONTROLLED MASS immigration and allow housing numbers to catch up through private house building until such a time as there are houses for immigrants to move into.

At the moment there are too many immigrants taking cash in hand jobs for less than the minimum wage and they make it work by living 10 to house. Do you think this is a good way for people in country to be living?

While it is true that Margaret Thatcher shouldn't have started the sell off of council houses, even the stock of council housing in the 80s couldn't have housed a fraction of the demand for social housing at the moment.

While we are in the EU we can't control our borders, lets put a stop to MASS immigration until we have caught up on housing who is already here and also provided the necessary health care and schools for them.

Vote UKIP
Housing costs have only 2 main factors - SUPPLY and DEMAND. SUPPLY of rental accommodation and the number of people looking for rental accommodation (DEMAND). The supply of rental housing is nothing the government can really do anything about as its too far in debt to build houses. But when the population increases by 5 million purely from legal and illegal immigration then the demand outstrips supply which is why we have the unbelievable situation of rising house prices as well as rising rental prices during a recession/depression - this is UNPRECEDENTED. How can you have property prices going up during a double/triple dip recession? Well because the bottom of the property ladder is being held up by property investors who can see the good returns from renting out cheap houses to people on low incomes. The only way to stop rising rent prices is to hold back UNCONTROLLED MASS immigration and allow housing numbers to catch up through private house building until such a time as there are houses for immigrants to move into. At the moment there are too many immigrants taking cash in hand jobs for less than the minimum wage and they make it work by living 10 to house. Do you think this is a good way for people in country to be living? While it is true that Margaret Thatcher shouldn't have started the sell off of council houses, even the stock of council housing in the 80s couldn't have housed a fraction of the demand for social housing at the moment. While we are in the EU we can't control our borders, lets put a stop to MASS immigration until we have caught up on housing who is already here and also provided the necessary health care and schools for them. Vote UKIP angelleb
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9:03am Tue 26 Feb 13

Taskforce 141 says...

angelleb wrote:
Housing costs have only 2 main factors - SUPPLY and DEMAND.

SUPPLY of rental accommodation and the number of people looking for rental accommodation (DEMAND). The supply of rental housing is nothing the government can really do anything about as its too far in debt to build houses.

But when the population increases by 5 million purely from legal and illegal immigration then the demand outstrips supply which is why we have the unbelievable situation of rising house prices as well as rising rental prices during a recession/depression - this is UNPRECEDENTED.

How can you have property prices going up during a double/triple dip recession? Well because the bottom of the property ladder is being held up by property investors who can see the good returns from renting out cheap houses to people on low incomes.

The only way to stop rising rent prices is to hold back UNCONTROLLED MASS immigration and allow housing numbers to catch up through private house building until such a time as there are houses for immigrants to move into.

At the moment there are too many immigrants taking cash in hand jobs for less than the minimum wage and they make it work by living 10 to house. Do you think this is a good way for people in country to be living?

While it is true that Margaret Thatcher shouldn't have started the sell off of council houses, even the stock of council housing in the 80s couldn't have housed a fraction of the demand for social housing at the moment.

While we are in the EU we can't control our borders, lets put a stop to MASS immigration until we have caught up on housing who is already here and also provided the necessary health care and schools for them.

Vote UKIP
Are you seriously posting on every topic regardless of the subject matter?

Your view is heard and valid, and you get my vote, however could you please keep comments to the subject matter of the article.

For one thing its bloody annoying and it also makes you look desperate! The big three parties have shot themselves in the foot so you will get a good round of votes, I know from talking to friends and colleagues that people are p1ssed with the big 3 (The Cons are con men, and always have been, out for the elites in society, Labour have lost their roots and have become more conservative and the lib dems have shown that they will sell out) and annoyed about immigration especially with the impending invasion of Romanians!
[quote][p][bold]angelleb[/bold] wrote: Housing costs have only 2 main factors - SUPPLY and DEMAND. SUPPLY of rental accommodation and the number of people looking for rental accommodation (DEMAND). The supply of rental housing is nothing the government can really do anything about as its too far in debt to build houses. But when the population increases by 5 million purely from legal and illegal immigration then the demand outstrips supply which is why we have the unbelievable situation of rising house prices as well as rising rental prices during a recession/depression - this is UNPRECEDENTED. How can you have property prices going up during a double/triple dip recession? Well because the bottom of the property ladder is being held up by property investors who can see the good returns from renting out cheap houses to people on low incomes. The only way to stop rising rent prices is to hold back UNCONTROLLED MASS immigration and allow housing numbers to catch up through private house building until such a time as there are houses for immigrants to move into. At the moment there are too many immigrants taking cash in hand jobs for less than the minimum wage and they make it work by living 10 to house. Do you think this is a good way for people in country to be living? While it is true that Margaret Thatcher shouldn't have started the sell off of council houses, even the stock of council housing in the 80s couldn't have housed a fraction of the demand for social housing at the moment. While we are in the EU we can't control our borders, lets put a stop to MASS immigration until we have caught up on housing who is already here and also provided the necessary health care and schools for them. Vote UKIP[/p][/quote]Are you seriously posting on every topic regardless of the subject matter? Your view is heard and valid, and you get my vote, however could you please keep comments to the subject matter of the article. For one thing its bloody annoying and it also makes you look desperate! The big three parties have shot themselves in the foot so you will get a good round of votes, I know from talking to friends and colleagues that people are p1ssed with the big 3 (The Cons are con men, and always have been, out for the elites in society, Labour have lost their roots and have become more conservative and the lib dems have shown that they will sell out) and annoyed about immigration especially with the impending invasion of Romanians! Taskforce 141
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10:07am Tue 26 Feb 13

Torchie1 says...

angelleb wrote:
Housing costs have only 2 main factors - SUPPLY and DEMAND.

SUPPLY of rental accommodation and the number of people looking for rental accommodation (DEMAND). The supply of rental housing is nothing the government can really do anything about as its too far in debt to build houses.

But when the population increases by 5 million purely from legal and illegal immigration then the demand outstrips supply which is why we have the unbelievable situation of rising house prices as well as rising rental prices during a recession/depression - this is UNPRECEDENTED.

How can you have property prices going up during a double/triple dip recession? Well because the bottom of the property ladder is being held up by property investors who can see the good returns from renting out cheap houses to people on low incomes.

The only way to stop rising rent prices is to hold back UNCONTROLLED MASS immigration and allow housing numbers to catch up through private house building until such a time as there are houses for immigrants to move into.

At the moment there are too many immigrants taking cash in hand jobs for less than the minimum wage and they make it work by living 10 to house. Do you think this is a good way for people in country to be living?

While it is true that Margaret Thatcher shouldn't have started the sell off of council houses, even the stock of council housing in the 80s couldn't have housed a fraction of the demand for social housing at the moment.

While we are in the EU we can't control our borders, lets put a stop to MASS immigration until we have caught up on housing who is already here and also provided the necessary health care and schools for them.

Vote UKIP
A little point that needs clarifying is that Margaret Thatcher did not begin the sale of Council houses, it was already possible under existing rules and regularly practiced, as the resident socialist on this site discovered. Having secured his own Council house he, like you is happy to blame Margaret Thatcher for selling off the properties when all she did was open up the sales so that all tenants could buy theirs, instead of the few.
[quote][p][bold]angelleb[/bold] wrote: Housing costs have only 2 main factors - SUPPLY and DEMAND. SUPPLY of rental accommodation and the number of people looking for rental accommodation (DEMAND). The supply of rental housing is nothing the government can really do anything about as its too far in debt to build houses. But when the population increases by 5 million purely from legal and illegal immigration then the demand outstrips supply which is why we have the unbelievable situation of rising house prices as well as rising rental prices during a recession/depression - this is UNPRECEDENTED. How can you have property prices going up during a double/triple dip recession? Well because the bottom of the property ladder is being held up by property investors who can see the good returns from renting out cheap houses to people on low incomes. The only way to stop rising rent prices is to hold back UNCONTROLLED MASS immigration and allow housing numbers to catch up through private house building until such a time as there are houses for immigrants to move into. At the moment there are too many immigrants taking cash in hand jobs for less than the minimum wage and they make it work by living 10 to house. Do you think this is a good way for people in country to be living? While it is true that Margaret Thatcher shouldn't have started the sell off of council houses, even the stock of council housing in the 80s couldn't have housed a fraction of the demand for social housing at the moment. While we are in the EU we can't control our borders, lets put a stop to MASS immigration until we have caught up on housing who is already here and also provided the necessary health care and schools for them. Vote UKIP[/p][/quote]A little point that needs clarifying is that Margaret Thatcher did not begin the sale of Council houses, it was already possible under existing rules and regularly practiced, as the resident socialist on this site discovered. Having secured his own Council house he, like you is happy to blame Margaret Thatcher for selling off the properties when all she did was open up the sales so that all tenants could buy theirs, instead of the few. Torchie1
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