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VIEWPOINT: Housing needs.

Byline: J H Jones

ANDREW Williams is quite right to mention other factors which have an impact on housing supply and demand. It was for this reason that I included in my own letter the warning that counting houses built against population was ``simplistic''. The letters editor judged this a redundant caveat for a sophisticated readership. I do maintain however that any level of proper analysis is akin to rocket science compared to taking an exceptional property at a high price and asking ``what this means for local first time buyers?''

Housing stock on Ynys Mon actually increased by about 100 between 1991 and 2002, due to the reduction in the number of second and holiday homes to 1, 805. The wealth of the island's population and therefore the ability to purchase property is best judged by household income. To say less than pounds 250 per week indicates an inability to buy a house is only true if there isn't a second wage earner. I dare hardly add that in periods of high employment earnings are often far higher than declared. Nevertheless, the thrust of Andrew Williams's letter is justified; Ynys Mon needs low cost (small, high density) housing projects and good quality social housing rather than depending on private landlords.

J H Jones Tynygongl
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 4, 2004
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