Many people in their twenties and thirties must face the fact that unless there are drastic changes in government policies, they will never be able to afford to buy their own home. Sadly, the chickens have come home to roost, in more ways than one. Continue reading
Child poverty is a political issue but children can’t employ political lobbyists and children don’t get to vote, says Alliance Party co-leader Kay Murray. Continue reading
The Alliance says a documentary screening tomorrow on child poverty in New Zealand is an indictment on the failed right wing policies of the last generation. Continue reading
Alliance Party finance spokesperson Professor Jim Flynn says the government has to think outside the square to prevent ordinary New Zealanders losing their houses during the economic crisis because they can’t afford their mortgage payments.
In the wake of the news that in August this year at least 50 families were forced into mortgagee sales of the family home, Professor Flynn says there is a simple solution.
“Rather than have people face mortgage sales, the government should buy the houses off the banks for their rateable value. The bank would be relieved of a ‘toxic’ asset and the government would get something in return for helping the bank.”
The home could then be rented back to the occupiers at perhaps 20% of their income. This would mean people could afford stay in the family home. They are spared the upheaval of trying to find alternative accommodation, which could mean overcrowding, children having to move schools and a loss of social support systems. Continue reading
The Alliance Party is supporting the Council of Social Services in its High Court legal challenge to stop massive rent increases for council housing in Christchurch.
Alliance Party Housing Spokesperson and Wigram candidate Tom Dowie says the Minister of Local Government should be stepping in and demanding that the Christchurch City Council hold off with the rent rises until the High Court has made a determination.
“This 24% rent hike is outrageous and will result in hardship at a time of rising living costs.” Continue reading
The Alliance Party has called for the introduction of a capital gains tax to tackle unaffordable house prices.
Alliance tax spokesperson Professor Jim Flynn says the introduction of a capital gains tax would help keep home ownership affordable for the average New Zealander. Continue reading
The Alliance says New Zealand’s housing crisis is getting worse while the Labour Government refuses to deal with the problem – and the National Party continues to put the interests of big business before the public good. Continue reading