YIMBY – another ill-informed group!


A rapidly growing international movement, led mainly by young people but uniting all ages, is demanding urgent action from governments to address the housing crisis in the UK and other countries such as Sweden and the US. We unite under the banner Yes In My Back Yard: yes to more decent, truly affordable housing, with the support of local people, in ways that make places more welcoming and better for everyone. We are the opposite of nimby.

The yimby movement supports council housing, other social housing, and private housing, so long as it helps provide what people need.

The housing crisis is the primary cause of inequality and it is also the easiest to fix.

There is no need for the human tragedy of homelessness, insecurity, appalling rented properties, ill health and long commutes caused by a struggle to find decent housing. The housing crisis is the primary cause of inequality and it is also the easiest to fix. This country has failed to build enough decent homes for more than 40 years

For too long we have let this country be controlled by a self-protecting cartel that has betrayed the young and the poor. The incredible surge of energy from young people at the last election shows that government must start to listen to their needs. We urgently need to act together to end the housing crisis. Let’s build a better country.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/11/housing-shortage-nimbys-yes-in-my-backyard-yimby

Where do we start?

The omissions – no reference to unsustainable population growth; no mention of the impact of the affluent buying up properties for investment/second homes/holiday homes. A naive belief so common amongst the commentariat that you just build more homes!!!

A dig at ‘NIMBYs’ (sorry folks the real ones live away from areas where they impose unnecessary housing on others!.

The housing crisis is the primary cause of inequality and it is also the easiest to fix. No housing distribution often reflects inequalities in income and wealth – most people find it hard to compete with second home purchasers or foreign buyers with lots of dosh in their bank!

This country has failed to build enough decent homes for more than 40 years Really? More homes have been built than households so this is an ill-imformed statement.

Who is this self-protecting cartel?

Yes everyone deserves a decent home but lets address the real causes and recognise its largely a question of distribution not numbers!

Oh and the Adam Smith Institute is am right wing think tank – in favour of lower taxes on the rich and reducing regulation – hardly the group to help the poor.

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