This important article by the FT cites latest evidence by the Resolution Foundation, a think-tank specializing in housing finance. This is a MUST READ. Check it out!
via Mortgage debt threatens overstretched UK households – FT.com.
Government statistics do not identify off balance-sheet government guarantees of home-loans, nor do they recognize consumer risk levels. In short, much of David Cameron’s government policies seem to be based on smoke and mirrors, rather than evidence-based policy.
Isn’t it about time that the mainstream media started to take a hard look at the the risks from Cameron’s policies?
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The article Dr Alf refers to talks about “overstretched ” households.
Most mortgage debt is going to professional buy to let landlords who are not in this category and to ordinary people entering the game who are sick and tired of poor interest rates but lack the knowledge to make sensible returns on the stockmarket,fine art,gold or other more exotic investments.
David Cameron,s and George Osborne,s policies are based on creating a consumer led recovery until 2015 and Alex Salmond losing his independence referendum.
If Salmond wins the referendum then of course our obligations to the Scots under the Barnett Formula would cease,leaving England and Wales very much better off.
What the policies SHOULD be are, as Dr Alf hints at,very different:
–Rebalancing the economy into high tech manufacturing
–More enterprise creation
–More foreign inward investment
–Lower corporation taxes and an amnesty to get the trillions held offshore back onshore and invested in job creating activity
–Cutting the public sector down to size
–Investing in those parts of the economy which show growth and promise and clearing out through outsourcing and automation all the rest
–Improving worker productivity,skills and language capability
–Ending rewards for failure
–Improving the health of the nation through better healthcare,education and variable taxes on foods