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Second Homes Tax Hike

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7:01am 14th July 2012

Having a second home in Cornwall gets more expensive.

Owners of empty houses will also face higher taxes, under new government plans being announced later.

There are 9000 in the Duchy.

In places like Padstow and Polruan, up to 40% are holiday homes.

Pauline Manning from Porthleven tells Pirate FM two of her daughters have moved away and another rents outside the village, because they cannot afford local prices: "At the moment she's OK because she likes it at Breague but when they thought about buying here they couldn't afford it so, well, they'll never get a home here.

"Horrendous prices. It's anywhere from six fifty upwards. I don't know what else they can do unless they rent them out all year but it's so wrong".

Cornwall Council insists the extra money will be spent on affordable housing.

Mark Kaczmarek is in charge and says, "We do need to build houses which can be at the rent that they can afford to pay and have disposable income that they can spend in the local shops and the local community and, every now and again, treat themselves to a holiday.

"A home is a home that's why we call them homes; they should be lived in. It's absolutely wrong, morally wrong, that people have homes out there lying empty when we have almost twenty-five thousand people now on the Home Choice register".

7:01am 14th July 2012

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