Labour’s rent control pledge ‘most popular’ on run-up to election

However, 74% support this policy when it is not “explicitly connected” to Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn.

A new survey commissioned by BECG and conducted by Savanta ComRes has shown that Labour’s pledge to introduce rent controls is the most popular built environment manifesto pledge as the UK prepares for polling day.

As outlined in reports, almost three-quarters of voters (74%) support this policy – but only when not “explicitly connected” to party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The survey asked for the public’s views on the main built environment pledges from the three main parties.

The question was asked in two ways to different samples of the public: To one group, with the named party leader attached to the pledge, and to another group with the relevant leader’s name withheld.

When removing the relevant leader’s name, support for each policy increased, except for the Conservatives’ pledge to keep Right to Buy as it currently operates which is more popular when directly associated with Boris Johnson.

Tory pledges to introduce a higher rate of Stamp Duty on UK property purchases by foreigners has 59% support it when Boris Johnson is named and 60% support it when he isn’t named alongside the policy.

Main findings also include:

  • Lib Dems’ pledge allowing local authorities to increase council tax by up to 500% where homes are being bought as second homes has 34% support when Swinson is named – 44% support it when she isn’t
  • Labour’s pledge to end the Right to Buy commands the support of around a third with or without Corbyn identified with the policy
  • The Lib Dems’ pledge to allow councils to decide their own Right to Buy policies attracts 34% without Swinson being associated with the policy, and 27% when she is named
  • The Conservatives’ pledge to keep Right to Buy as it currently operates has the support of 40% when Boris Johnson is named – although this drops to 35% when his named is retracted
  • Only 25% of voters trust private developers the most to build the housing the country needs, whereas just 22% trust housing associations most and 20% local councils most to deliver the housing the country needs

As reported by 24housing, new research by Experience Invest found that just 11% of UK consumers have confidence in the government’s ability to solve the housing crisis – with over two thirds said to be in favour of scrapping stamp duty for first time buyers.

On the polls findings, Andrew Howard, Managing Director of BECG said: “This survey sets out some stark findings on what the public thinks about housing and development as the country heads to the polls.

“It reveals the views of the public on the policies offered by the three main parties aimed at solving concerns around housing and delivering effective road, rail and airport infrastructure.

“Policies to control private rent increases are surprisingly popular across the board – regardless of party preference – as are further measures to hike Stamp Duty for overseas buyers.

“This data tells us that most voters recognise the problems with the affordability of housing, remain frustrated about inadequate infrastructure and still want new roads and airport expansion.”

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