The Liberal Democrats announce today that they would allow Stockport Council to increase council tax by up to 500% on homes that are left empty long-term.
The latest Government statistics show that last year there were 10,840 homes left empty long-term in Greater Manchester. Over 1,100 of these homes were located in Stockport.
In response, and as part of their plan to alleviate the housing crisis, the Liberal Democrats would legislate to allow Stockport 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 Candidate for Cheadle, Tom Morrison said:
“People across Cheadle are worried about the lack of genuinely affordable homes. They are being priced out of the local area because of the shocking rise of empty houses.
"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 Cheadle. We will ensure that everyone is secure in their home and deliver a brighter future for our country.”