Media Watch: Times blames Mansion tax fears for London house price drop. But where’s the evidence?

The survey cited doesn't mention the Mansion tax, so the Times points to a 'general feeling'


A spectre is haunting London – the spectre of Labour’s Mansion tax. Fears over the proposed charge on £2million homes are driving down house prices in London, despite a rise in prices in the rest of the country. The Times has the scoop: ‘Mansion tax fears depress house prices across London’.

If we leave aside for a moment whether house prices in London couldn’t do with a bit of depression, what evidence is there that ‘Mansion tax-dread’ is the cause of this drop in prices?

Well, there isn’t any – at least, not in the Times story, which cites a survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for February, released today, which found a rise in house prices nationally, and a price decrease in London.

Trouble is, the survey doesn’t mention the Mansion tax, either in its sample of responses or in it’s analysis. Neither does the RISC’s press release on its website. In fact, the only link made between lower prices in London and the Labour policy is in the Times piece itself:

“London homeowners are wary about moving because of extra fees and taxes they might face from a new government in May. Labour has already promised a tax on properties worth more than £2million, and there is a general feeling that politicians will step up their efforts to tap into property wealth for money to fund public spending.”

Ah yes, a “general feeling”. No evidence is provided for this assertion, or for “wariness” among homeowners.

Of the scores of RICS members quoted in the survey, which are only a sample of the 324 responses collected, just two mention the Mansion tax, and only one of these is based in London.

And with house prices rising nationally, and Labour’s policy intended for the whole country, why is this fear of the Mansion tax only gripping London?

Besides all of that, a 28 per cent drop in the ludicrously high price of a home in London will be music to the ears of many potential buyers. A report from the charity Shelter recently found the average house price in London is now almost 15 times the average wage.

Plus the Mansion tax will only affect homes worth over £2million – less than 0.5 per cent of all homes in the country – and only when the owners earn more than £42,000 a year.

So if the Times is going to claim fears about Labour’s Mansion tax are driving down house prices in London, their evidence ought to be more than a “feeling”.

Adam Barnett is a staff writer at Left Foot Forward. Follow him on Twitter

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64 Responses to “Media Watch: Times blames Mansion tax fears for London house price drop. But where’s the evidence?”

  1. Lesmond Nyjacks

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  2. Lesmond Nyjacks

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  3. Lesmond Nyjacks

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  4. Lesmond Nyjacks

    You utter wanker Leon, you vile heartless marxist.

  5. Lesmond Nyjacks

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  6. Lesmond Nyjacks

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  7. Lesmond Nyjacks

    Leon, forget your vile totalitarian fantasies, your so-called “mutualism” is actually death camp totalitarianism as practised by your heroes Mao, Stalin and PolPot.
    Leave us alone you vile marxist.

  8. Guest

    No, it’s not your policies, as you scream that not mass murdering people is magically mass murdering because I must be down at your level. I don’t share your beloved Dear Leaders, get over it.

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  9. Guest

    Ah yes, Jews are in the “circus” for you, less than Human, as you scream I must be what you are, and you imagine everyone to be. Nope!

  10. Guest

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  11. Guest

    No, I’m not you, as you fight the invisible marxists in your head.
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  12. Guest

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    It’s you, Lord Blagger, and your Jewhate.

  13. Guest

    I’m not using your sprayer, as you try and talk about murdering 100% of Jews for being “evil”, as you blindly spout your Jewhate and now are fighting magical Power Ranger Socialists in your head for a change.

    Keep dumping on the thread, Lord Blagger, repeatedly, because that’s what you do

  14. Guest

    No, I’m not you, Mr. Lord Blagger, the Evil Community. Not. There are people other than you.

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    I don’t share your hate and fear of the people, unlike you, as you want Jews starving in a ditch and you want the old Medieval restrictions back on how Jews can work, because they’re “worthless sacks of shit”.

    Thanks, Lord Blagger, your rant continues.
    All because you might have to pay some tax, the Jew gets it.

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