Tax 700,000 empty homes in the UK back into use

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The Guardian rightly points out the scandal of there being at least 700,000 empty properties in the UK this morning.

I first addressed this issue in 2009 for the TUC, and again earlier this year.

We should tax these properties back into use by massively increasing the council tax charge on them. Some would still sit vacant. But many fewer would.

Tax can be a good thing. This is an occasion when it could definitely deliver.