Thursday, 2 July 2015

YPP Friday 3 July meet-up: back to The Brewmaster!

The Brewmaster has finished its refurb and our interim haunt Yates's on Leicester Square was shut down by Westminster Council last week (long story) so we are back where we started, tomorrow from about 5.20.

Leicester Square Tube, Exit 1 and turn left into St Martin's Court. We put a yellow YPP leaflet on the table so that you can recognise us. Contact me at gmwadsworth@gmail.com or on 07954 59 07 44 if you need more info.

If you have an Android phone, you can download our YPP tax reform app from the Google Playstore.

Thanks a lot for finally noticing.

From the BBC:

Many young people are being "exiled" from the neighbourhoods they grew up in because of a lack of affordable housing, a cabinet minister is to warn.
Communities Secretary Greg Clark will tell council leaders it is a "defining test" for any government to provide homes to keep the "chain of community".
Harriet Harman will tell the conference the housing shortage is now "chronic".


Although both of these politicians are ignoring the facts.

There is no particular housing shortage as such. All those private tenants are already in 'affordable housing' i.e. if they can afford to pay off their landlord's mortgage they'd be able to pay off the mortgage if they owned it themselves. Which is where Jeremy Corbyn's suggestion comes in…


Where the real problem is is chronic misallocation. For every young household stuck in a flat, there is a widowed pensioner living in a three-bed semi.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Jeremy Corbyn - nicking our policies.

From The Independent:

The ‘Right To Buy’ policy that lets council tenants buy their homes at a big discount should be extended to the tenants of private landlords, a Labour leadership contender has said.

Jeremy Corbyn said Labour needed to go further in tackling the housing crisis and that extending Right To Buy could help more people find a secure place to live.

“We know that Generation Rent faces an uphill struggle simply to get into long-term housing. We have seen some good ideas from Labour to establish more secure tenancies for renters. Now we need to go further and think of new ways to get more people into secure housing,” he said.

“So why not go with Right to Buy, with the same discounts... for private tenants and funded by withdrawing the £14 billion tax allowances currently given to Buy to Let landlords? I believe this idea could open up the possibility of real secure housing for many currently faced with insecurity and high rents.”






Monday, 22 June 2015

YPP Meetup 25 June - The Vintry, Abchurch Lane near Cannon Street Station 19h30

We are trialling an additional meetup on the last Thursday of every month - please join us at

The Vintry
Abchurch Yard
EC4N 7BA

from 19h30 on Thursday 25 June. We put a yellow YPP leaflet on the table so that you can recognise us.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

YPP meet-up, tomorrow Friday 12 June.

The Brewmaster is still closed for the refurb, so we'll be meeting at/outside Yates's underneath Capital Radio on Leicester Square from about 5.20 onwards.

We put a yellow YPP leaflet on the table so that you can recognise us.

Topics, the app is finally done, download here.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

YPP meet-up, Friday 5 June

The Brewmaster is still closed for a refurb, so instead we'll be meeting at/outside Yates's underneath Capital Radio on Leicester Square from about 5.20 onwards.

We put a yellow YPP leaflet on the table so that you can recognise us.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Reader's Letter of The Day

From The Evening Standard:

Regarding your article on TfL building affordable homes [Comment, May 21], we should follow the example of Hong Kong. Its equivalent of TfL collects so much rent from the offices and flats its metros serve that it runs a surplus, passed on to all residents via very low income tax. Here we read about lucky landowners trousering billions from prices soaring near new Crossrail stations, with the taxpayer footing the bill for construction.

Joe Momberg, Young People’s Party