General Election: Liberal Democrats announce they would increase council tax by 500% to tackle number of empty Newark homes
The Liberal Democrat candidate for Newark has announced plans to tackle the number of long-term empty homes in Newark.
David Watts has said his party would allow Newark and Sherwood District Council to increase council tax by up to 500% on homes that have been empty long-term.
Latest Government figures reveal there are up to 645 of these in the district, 640 of which have been empty every year since 2004.
Mr Watts said people across the town were worried about the lack of affordable homes and were being priced out of the area.
“I’ve spoken to several renters during this campaign who are really struggling and are spending most of their money just on paying the rent,” said Mr Watts.
“They then have to cover the utilities and general bills on top.
“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 Newark.”
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