11 Sep

FMB launches policy proposals

FMB launches policy proposals

The Federation of Master Builders has sought to use the imminent party political conference season to influence housing polices by launching a new document outlining a series of proposals it believes will boost the market if adopted.

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg was sent a copy of the blueprint ahead of his party's conference in Bournemouth next week.

Among the proposals are a simplification of the planning system and a proposal to make stamp duty fairer for home buyers through the introduction of a graduated tax.

This would help those whose home value is just above any of the banding thresholds by only charging the higher rate on that proportion of the home's value that is in that band.

Housing is an issue that is likely to be high on the agenda for all the parties as they meet in the coming weeks.

The Liberal Democrats conference programme has scheduled a debate on the issue on Tuesday morning.

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