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I will read -- I will be reporting Can in the south-west, can the


Government's housing strategy lead to a loss of affordable homes in


the region? And is in the right time for a vote on whether to scrap


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Hello and welcome to the Politics Show in the South West. Ministers


claimed this week that the dream of owning your own home could now


become a reality for thousands more people. The government's planning


to introduce 95 % mortgages and larger discounts for people who


want to buy their own council houses. The aim is to increase the


overall number of affordable homes but critics claim the opposite


could happen. John Danks reports. This housing development in


Plymouth's North Prospect is part of a regeneration prospect --


project to build affordable homes. There are 10,000 people on the


waiting list and there is a desperate shortage of homes. Nick


Clegg and David Cameron unveiled a project to get Britain building


again. It is to get by years buying and lenders lending. I am


announcing support for an industry led indemnity scheme to provide


help for first-time buyers in particular. I will help 100,000


people to buy new homes with 5% deposit. Finding affordable homes


is a big problem in the south-west and such indemnity schemes will be


of little value to people like Rob Sissons -- Rob Simmons and family.


The substantial money needed for a mortgage and to save for a deposit,


we don't have money at the end of the month to put forward for a


deposit. I don't think we would meet any criteria for a buying a


house there was over �100,000. It is pretty much every house in


Cornwall. The Government seems hell-bent on promoting home-


ownership and those in social housing are up to be given more


incentive to buy. Divide to buy it is scheme is to give -- is to be


given a shot in the arm. For every house sold and the scheme, the


prompt -- the Government promises an affordable home will be built to


replace it. The level of discount that we have to be provided to


enable people to buy their own homes will have to be substantial.


It is unlikely the level of receipt that to get will enable us to go


and build a direct replacement. It will take two or three right-to-buy


sales to generate defending to enable us to build more affordable


homes. I am wary of the rush back to the right to buy. It is not


necessarily a thing -- good thing for the interval -- individuals.


They have to take long term the costs of replacing windows, sorting


but leaks and the new bathroom. Those are costs that people can't


but actually afford. If that house is sold on to the open market,


there are other people needing affordable homes that won't get


them. The Government says they will get them but how soon and whether


there will be like for like properties? The target is 450,000


homes has been welcomed as a stepping the right direction,


particularly by those in the building trade. Simply to stay pace


with the number of new households forming, maybe because of Our


children looking to find a home, that combination is driving this


need and we would need to be building 250,000 homes a year. We


are building less than half of that at the moment and the Government


planned -- plans went radically alter the picture. It is not enough


and went to live on anything like the scale we need. The Government


will have to come back again. They have made 127 announcements since


they have coming Government and this is another one. The North


Prospect regeneration is due to be completed in five years. By then,


the National Housing Federation said the housing crisis will have


only got worse. Well earlier I spoke to the chairman of the all-


party housing group, Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Gilbert. I put


it to him that the government's plans could actually lead to a loss


of affordable homes if it took the sale of two or three council houses


to pay for just one new affordable home.


The Government is clear on this. Where there is a home sold, a will


be replaced on a one-for-one basis. The Government will make sure, when


the details of this scheme come out over the next few months, the


funding formula is right. If we are selling one council house, we are


replacing it with another. That was always the problem with the


previous right-to-buy scheme. This time, the Government has got it


right and we are maintaining aspiration to home-ownership but


making sure we are replacing social homes that are lost with new social


homes for many thousands of people who are in desperate need.


Will have to see how that works in practice. Your predecessor, Lord


Taylor, is also very wary of a move back to promoting the right to buy.


He says the main reason for that is in the long term, the House is


affordable when it is bought by the occupant but then it goes on to


being sold in the open market and it is not affordable any more.


have to recognise that the vast majority of people want to aspire


to own their own home, whether they are social tenants or tenants in


the full market. It is right that the Government is moving to help


social tenants but helping first- time buyers. Doesn't this fast


track homes out of the affordable bracket in the medium to longer


term? That depends on how many homes are being put in. This will


be the first Government in 33 years to leave office in four years' time


with more show shall homes then we entered office with. There is a


good record that the Government is putting forward on the creation of


new affordable and social homes. It is right that the Government


addresses those aspirational wishes of both social tennis and first-


time buyers. Looking at both of those, you won't be homes to be


affordable for that tenant or first-time buyer. They have said


that the average price of a council house in Plymouth will make it


impossible for the tenant to be able to buy it. That depends


whether discount is set and that depends on the ability of tenants


to stretch their finances. Nobody can expect to own a home easily. It


is challenging for people in the social sector and in the four


markets. The Government is right to say that people want to own up


their own homes. That is still the bedrock of people's aspirations and


right that by helping first-time buyers and social Danon -- social


tenors, the Government addresses those needs. We have heard from


somebody in Penzance desperate to buy his own home. He says, because


of the high average house prices, even with the help of the mortgage


indemnity scheme, he still wouldn't be able to ALF -- afford a house in


Cornwall. There is no doubt that it will still be challenging for some


people. I think it is going to help 90,000 people across the country


get a full-time to the housing ladder when otherwise they may not


have been able to. -- get a foot on the housing Lazar. -- Leader. At


the moment, they are priced out and it is a step in the right direction.


We have to recognise the progress that the Government has shown on


this. The new stag hunting season is now


underway - but the prospect of a return to full-scale hunting with


dogs seems more distant than ever. The coalition agreement promised


MPs a free vote on whether the ban should be scrapped, but there's


still no indication at all of when that's likely to happen. And now it


seems some hunters are keen to kick the debate into the long grass for


fear of losing the vote. Clinton Rogers reports.


Big band home team -- hunting with hounds in 2005. This is the Devon


and Somerset Staghounds in 2011. Now to announce that in at six


years, nothing has changed. The hunters have said they are working


probably within the exemptions of the new law. They are working with


two hounds rather than a pack. Those who spend their working lives


travelling around monitoring Hance, say 60,005, they have been many


breaches of the hunting act across the region. -- they say that since


2005. These pictures of Diddley to a prosecution. That's is rare.


Officially, every police force will tell you day and forced every law.


Senior officers privately say they have better things to do. We have


our suspicions and the National Wildlife crime Unit have pointed


out that there are many complaints about illegal hunting in this area


and yet we still don't see much police activity. We would like to


see more police activity in this area and others around the country.


Politically, the hunts have gone cold on pushing for a repeal of the


Hunting Act. Something the Conservatives have always promised


and which if the Prime Minister reiterated in a recent interview


with us. For it is an issue that will come forward into court and


the House of Commons will look at this. The hunting ban has been


ineffective. Are you afraid you will lose? It is a matter for the


House of Commons. Some are saying it hasn't been bolted -- brought


forward because you think you will lose. We will have to wait and see.


His backbenchers are not so sure that the vote now would be a good


thing. Both if you have got a law which can be revoked, or you do


something with the law, we haven't got time to do that at the moment.


There are many things further up the agenda and we have to take


priority. If there is a feeling among hunters that's right now,


this is a fight they wouldn't win. They have learned much from the


recent failure of the Liberal Democrats to achieve their holy


grail, getting AV. When that was put to a vote, the loss. Behind us


feel that if they only get one chance of repealing the Hunting Act,


they won't push for a vote in the, unless they can be sure of winning


it. We haven't got a Tory Government. It is a coalition


Government so the third will be wrong for us. Do you think one day


you will get a vote and one day it will be repealed or is it a lost


cause? If I didn't believe we would get a vote and a repeal, I would be


standing here today. One thing seems certain. It won't be


happening any time soon. Cornwall's nationalist party Mebyon Kernow


secured its fifth seat on Cornwall Council this week. The result comes


as a birthday present for the party as it celebrates 60 years in


business. MK also has more than 20 town and parish councillors. But


the parliamentary success enjoyed by both the Scottish Nationalist


Party and Plaid Cymru in Wales continues to elude their Cornish


cousins. Tamsin Melville reports. Still on message after six decades.


Mebyon Kernow activists campaigning this week in Camborne. Describing


itself as a modern and progressive political party, I'm K campaigns


for their self Government of Cornwall through a legislative


assembly. It wants people in Cornwall to make political and


economic decisions for themselves. Mebyon Kernow is a growing force in


Cornwall. We have moved from being a small pressure group to something


where they can see us to live in political ways. People have


confidence that we could secure a better deal for Cornwall. There has


been success but it has been limited. Do you think you can go


further? I'm sure it can. SNP was talking about the fact that we may


be 20 years behind where things are in Wales. We have a smaller support


than in Wales and Scotland but it is a growing support and something


where people are realising there are different models for the UK.


is translating the support in two- thirds that is the problem. It is


at this grass roots level that Mebyon Kernow has had successes. In


the European elections come it did the Labour and got 7% of the vote


in Cornwall. In a 2010 general- election, despite getting six


Cornish seats, everyone lost their deposit. He was a pressure group


but it was more than a pressure group. It was at a 1951 meeting of


13 like-minded people in a red with hotel that I'm Cain was born with


an emphasis on Cornish identity and culture. Loveday Jenkin has's


mother was there. We were really young and realistic. We were


staring people up to develop Cornish identity and to preserve


what was left of the historic links with the Cornwall of the past. Also


looking at the present and to the future. It said in the early days


signing up to MK was seen as the thing to do with the group


attracting names such as Daphne du Maurier a. Because it was a


pressure group, people can become MPs. It wasn't until 1970 that


and's husband became MK first president. He lost out to David MAD


he was also in Mebyon Kernow. -- David Mudd. They were a campaign


organisation. You would probably find that all MPs would be members.


I think it is political suicide in a place like Cornwall to indicate


that actually you don't want to be part of that celebration of


diversity. In the 1970s, I'm K became a fully fledged political


In the Eighties, campaigning took a higher profile. A lot of leaflets


and a real labour of love. There is a great deal of support out there


but it doesn't always manifest in those large elections. What happens


in the future, given the broken promises, who knows. It is


difficult for any small party. is through issues like the current


Keep Cornwall Whole campaign where their presence can be felt. How


does the party take it to the next level in and out of Cornwall? With


a lot of patience, it seems. For my husband gave the speech as 10 years


ago and talked about coming back to haunt best if they didn't get a


seat in Parliament in the next 20 Ann Trevenen Jenkin ending that


report from Tamsin Melville. And with me now, one of Mebyon Kernow's


deputy leaders, Cornwall Councillor, Andrew Long.


Can we be Claire as to what degree of devolution you want, which


powers specifically for a start it is an open-ended book. When you


look at the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru a, they have


different forms of devolution. If you look... Ideally, what you want


is people to have power down to the local level. Con Moyle Council,


were you look at central Government have come down from on high from,


you look at the fact that the last 30 years, we have been one of the


poorest regions in the home of the European Union. We are talking


about getting millions of pounds of funding from European Union's


because we are one of the poorest wages in the Horn of European Union.


How is that something to celebrate? -- in the whole of the European


Union. I have come back in October and went to Estonia, population 1


million. There are countries already in the European Union,


smaller than Cornwall. If you look at Estonia, it has a viable economy,


it is one of the tigers of the Baltic states. It is an example


where store -- small countries can succeed. We are not trying to be


anti-European, and to anybody. You can be pro Cornish without being


anti- anybody else. If there clearly is a cultural identity in


Cornwall. Why do you find it so difficult to replicate them? I


don't think there it is. There is a latent desire for serious self


Government that Cornwall is looking for. When you think about that, you


look at the SNP and Plaid Cymru, they have been going since the


1930s. We are 30 years behind them. We are heading in the right


direction. Thursday's tremendous result, that goes to show report


good candidates up and we get the message across and it is an equal


fight. We all get an equal share of the publicity and people will be


voting in larger numbers. Even in Cornwall, people may say they won't


fade for you and people in Cornwall don't want to vote for you. Where


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