Survey finds support for funding cuts to housing
One in three British adults think taxes should be cut and the amount of funding for social housing reduced, according to a survey by a left-leaning think tank.
A survey of 2,000 people carried out by Yougov for the Labour-affiliated Fabian Society think tank shows 32 per cent of people agree that ‘tax rates should fall to pay for less provision’ of public housing.
A total of 35 per cent said the current balance is about right with just 16 per cent saying tax rates should rise to pay for more social housing services.
The survey showed that 72 per cent of people think social housing should be means-tested or partly paid for by the taxpayer. Nine per cent said there should be no state funding for social housing at all.
The findings also showed that two in three people think funding for programmes to help people out of work is too high or about right.
A total of 27 per cent think taxes should be cut to pay for less help for the unemployed, with 40 per cent saying the balance is about right.
Just 16 per cent said there should be higher taxes to fund more services to help people out of work.
The research gauged people’s attitudes towards tax and expenditure in six other policy areas, the NHS, schools, childcare, the police, elderly care and colleges and universities.
The survey showed the most common response in six out of eight policy areas was that current levels of tax and spend were ‘about right’.
Andrew Harrop, general secretary of the Fabian Society, told the Independent newspaper this week that the results show Labour has to do more to convince the public of a need for increased provision of public services.