Thursday, October 20, 2011

European Socialism Update: British consider plan to tax elderly out of their homes

President Obama and liberal Democrats love the European socialist leaning democracies. They are striving to move America in that direction. How long will it be before some Democrat proposes to tax American elderly out of their homes under the guise of preventing global warming or some other social agenda?
(Daily Mail)- Older people should be taxed out of their family homes to free up space for younger generations, says a report backed by Labour.

It argues that 'empty nesters' in their 60s are taking up too much room and should be 'encouraged' by a new 'land tax' to downsize to smaller homes.

The call comes from the Intergenerational Foundation, a left-leaning think-tank that aims to 'promote fairness between generations'.

Labour MP Tessa Jowell sponsored the report's launch in a Commons hospitality room yesterday, saying the current situation ran against Ed Miliband's vision for Britain.

But the 'bedroom blocker' plan drew condemnation from Tory ministers and pressure groups for older people. 

Tory housing minister Grant Shapps said: 'We do not agree that people should be taxed or bullied out of their homes.'

The Intergenerational Foundation says there are 25million unused bedrooms in the country and eight million ‘under-occupied’ homes.

More than half of people aged over 65 live in homes with two or more spare bedrooms that could be used by young families, it adds.

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