MPs and peers told to move to Hull

Published: Monday 2nd March 2015 by The News Editor

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MPs and peers should pack their bags and relocate to Hull, while Parliament should be converted into affordable housing.

That is according to plans drawn up by campaigners at – to cut costs and solve the housing shortage in London.

The proposals were put forward to give MPs a sense of humility about the plight of ordinary families up and down the country.

It is claimed that shifting the second homes of politicians to Hull, which has the lowest average rents anywhere in England, would cut the cost to the taxpayer by more than a third to £1.56 million a year.

Public finances would also be potentially £120 million better off over the course of a five-year parliament.

Under the plans, the Palace of Westminster would be turned into 364 three-bedroom maisonettes, with the debating chambers converted into swimming pools, while the modern Portcullis House accommodation block next door to the historic building would be sold, raising in the region of £500 million.

Generation Rent hopes the proposal gives MPs some urgency to end the current housing crisis nationwide.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Monday 2nd March 2015 by The News Editor

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