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We Need Safeguards From Politicians

I suppose one should be grateful for any scrap of good news, though announcements by politicians during general election campaigns should rate pretty low as optimism generators. So two cheers then for the announcement by transport secretary Grant Shapps that there might be a 500 million pound fund t...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 17 November 2019

A Really Radical Regeneration Manifesto

I think it was Voltaire who said the odd thing about the Holy Roman Empire was that it was none of those three things. Much the same could be said about the property industry Radical Regeneration Manifesto for the so-called Oxford-Cambridge Arc. My dictionary defines a manifesto as a public written ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 25 October 2019

Lies, Damned Lies And Belters

Green belts are one of the most powerful implements in the toolbox of British planning but, like all powerful devices, they can become dangerous if mishandled. One of their big dangers is turning politicians into liars. I was reminded of this yesterday by the response of the Ministry of Housing, Com...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 15 October 2019

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Smart Growth America warning on tax cuts

Added on 05 December 2017

Smart Growth America has warned that the Senate&primes agreement to a revised US tax code will leave a 100 billion dollar hole in the country&rsquos public finances over the next decade and it will have to decide between ballooning deficits and cuts to housing, transport and community development.

SGA chief executive Geoff Anderson said the move threatens to make rural places, towns and cities of all sizes less competitive and less resilient in today&primes challenging economy. His organisation has long campaigned for reform of the code to remove incentives for urban sprawl but he said the Senate move is a massive wasted opportunity.

&PrimeWhen this tax package triggers 10 straight years of 100 billion dollar deficits you can bet that the programs that local communities depend upon most for their continued success will bear the brunt of those cuts,&Prime said Mr Anderson. &PrimeThey will be the ones picking up the tab for this monumental addition to the national debt.&Prime

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