If I gave someone £4bn, or even £40bn to build some housing to give away, I doubt that anything would happen for 3 years and if they were to be given away, then no one would be able to agree on who the recipients should be.
So it is going to sound good I am sure, but I doubt if anything much will happen.
I went to a good meeting with an old MP (Matthew Taylor). It was nothing to do with party politics. He explained why it takes so long from a minister making a statement to things actually happening. Generally 2 years to get to the local authority, then another year faffing about (his words), then a year or more (to the next budget period) before real work starts.
I pointed out (as I can be gobby sometimes) that they can raise fuel and fag duty by 6pm on budget day, why can't they introduce or change an energy tax just as quickly.
He smiled and pointed out that if central government was in control of housing, or energy, or just about anything that the LAs do now on the governments behalf, then things could happen as fast.
I was impressed with old Matt as he did not ram policy down our throats and pointed out that when he had a public meeting he got about 30 people turn up, when the local Transition Town organised a meeting, about 300 people turned up.
Edited by SteamyTea, 25 November 2015 - 09:41 AM.