We have, so we are told, an enormous shortage of housing. This is pushing up prices causing young families difficulty in finding affordable homes near their work, putting pressure on our valuable green belt space, costing us a fortune in housing benefits for expensive housing, and is generally a very bad thing.
Yet over in Spain they have the opposite problem. During the boom they built enormous numbers of flats and even complete developments, many of which are in prime locations with great weather and facilities such as swimming pools, golf courses, shops and the like all ready to go but they are practically deserted and some unfinished because nobody has any money to buy them. They can be bought for next to nothing. There is even a complete brand new and unused international airport that nobody wants. This is a very bad thing for Spain.
So why can’t the two problems be solved together? We have thousands of non-productive families clogging up our towns and cities and making no direct contribution to the economy and many draining our wealth in benefits, which of course are high because we have a high cost of living in the UK, high fuel needs and high housing costs while they have thousands of cheap properties.
Maybe our government could buy some of the developments and then offer the flats and villas free to any family who promised to make it their full time address for at least 10 years, after which time they would own the flat, but during which time they would have no rights to UK housing or any other benefits beyond perhaps a basic citizen’s pension paid to the head of the family unless they were already pensioners. Of course there would be some details to sort like English speaking schools and health cover but even once they were sorted the UK taxpayer would be quids in on the deal for every family who took the offer up.