Housing will be the biggest problem in the 2023 general election, said ACT party leader David Seymour.
“Because the problem has not been solved and nothing that National or Labor is doing will solve it,” said the Epsom MP. Thing after speaking at a Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce meeting in Nelson on Friday.
“In fact, they can make things worse.”
The ACT chief said Kāinga Ora “was borrowing money against the taxpayer to bid against private developers to buy the same land”.
“They’re actually raising the price,” Seymour said. “I mean, how crazy it is.”
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Rising house prices did not bode well for young people. If home prices increased by $ 200,000 over two years, a potential buyer would save $ 40,000 for that portion of a 20% deposit. After taxes and rent, it would be hard, even for a couple.
“Even though they save so much, they’ve always stayed where they were; they didn’t actually add to their deposit, ”Seymour said. “If we say to a generation of people, ‘You won’t have your own place here,’ don’t be surprised if they leave or start voting for people who [ferment] a kind of revolution.
ACT would focus on the law on resource management, infrastructure financing and building inspections.
“No one would trust a board to check the safety of planes, so why ask them to check if buildings were constructed correctly,” Seymour said. “We need a much better way to do inspections.”
If builders could get “20 year warranty is enough quality assurance – you don’t need to have a municipal inspection”.
To help finance infrastructure, ACT proposed that 50% of GST revenue from residential construction go to the local council, not the central government. Not only would this provide the local government with “a lot more money” to finance infrastructure, but it would also change the incentives of the councils.
“Right now the only time you get quick service from your city council is when they issue a parking ticket… and the reason is there is revenue to give you a piece. of paper, ”Seymour said. “If they were getting income every time they issued a building permit, you can imagine they would be on you trying to agree to things. “
At its best, the local government was providing services that could not be provided privately, including the Three Waters.
“No one else can provide a sewer system in Nelson,” he said. “The local government does not need to organize concerts. “
Seymour said Three Waters’ assets should be kept by the councils with the option of entering into voluntary shared services agreements with their neighbors.
Such a deal between the South Island summit councils might work better for the region – or not.
“What’s important is that the people who live locally and understand the landscape are involved in the decision,” Seymour said.
He said it was no surprise that the 1News Colmar Brunton poll this week showed Labor started “to lose ground because as soon as they gave up elimination [of Covid-19], they had no alternative ”.
“They weren’t prepared,” Seymour said. “For the first time people can see that things are not going well, and it is their fault and this will obviously erode confidence in their response.”
ACT’s goal until the election was “primarily to hold the current government accountable, especially for all the pressure it puts on people with regard to the cost of living,” he said. he declares.