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Invest in bricks and mortar.

AN Englishman's home is his castle, the saying goes, but the trouble is that today the cost of those castles is far too rich for far too many people.

It does little good to say it now, but this is the consequence of the decision by the Thatcher government to sell off council housing stock - then put barriers in the way of councils who wanted to build more. Thousands of people benefitted in the short term, but many more are suffering today because of that policy.

Shelter are today urging the Coalition to build more shared ownership homes so that middle and low-income families can realise their dream of owning a property.

It's what Margaret Thatcher would have wanted - and it will have the dual benefit of increasing employment in a sector that needs a helping hand.
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Title Annotation:Editorial; Opinion, Leading articles
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 30, 2013
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