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ALTER to oppose extension of criminal law for squatting

September 8, 2011 10:40 PM
By David Cooper

If squatters take over your home, it is a criminal offence. Other properties are protected only by civil law. The Conservative Justice Minister Crispin Blunt has launched a consultation which proposes that squatting in all properties should be criminalized. Surely this is in our best interests?

ALTER says not, and has explained why in its answer to the consultation. This change is contrary to the interests of UK taxpayers. It would provide a valuable state funded benefit to wealthy tax avoiders. This influential lobby has the ear of Conservative Justice Minister Crispin Blunt. If he were concerned about ordinary property owners who actually pay tax in the UK, there are far cheaper ways of protecting them from squatters.

Read our full response here:

http://libdemsalter.org.uk/en/document/documents-on-lvt-produced-within-alter/submission-to-ministry-of-justice-consultation-on-criminal-law-for-squatting.pdf