‘We don’t know’ when it comes to the fate of heritage estates
The government is struggling to answer questions about the fate and future of heritage properties in England, after a survey revealed the majority of people don’t understand how they will be affected by Brexit.
The government said the survey was aimed at helping inform public debate about the impact of Brexit on England’s heritage assets and that it was not in a position to provide specific answers.
It came amid mounting speculation over whether a number of estates could be sold off in the event of Brexit.
At the moment, the UK has no legal obligation to allow people to own heritage properties, with the government allowing people to sell their land, but not to move into them.
A recent survey of 1,000 people found a majority of respondents did not know how they would be affected if the country left the EU.
A spokesman for the Office for National Statistics said the government was working with the Government Estate Management Association and others to identify any gaps and improve the information that people have about the estate system.
He added: “Our aim is to have the latest information available by the time of the election in 2021.
The survey, which was carried out by the estate agency, found that only 17 per cent of people thought the estate could be safely moved into by 2021.
Almost half of people (45 per cent) thought it would be a “very risky decision” for an estate to sell.
Almost two thirds (65 per cent).
believed it would “likely” be a bad idea to sell property to a foreign buyer, and only 16 per cent thought it was “not a very risky decision”.
However, just over a third (35 per cent), believed the Government could provide guidance about the sale of properties in the short term, and the survey found that just over one in 10 (9 per cent ) thought it could help protect heritage assets.
The report also revealed that the majority (55 per cent, or 2.7 million) of people said they did not think the government would do enough to help heritage properties during Brexit.
However, over half (54 per cent or 2 million) also said they would “agree” that the government should do more to help, including a “more active” approach.
In a separate poll published on Tuesday, the Office of National Statistics also found that around a quarter (23 per cent – around 2 million people) of Britons did not feel they had any confidence in the Brexit process.
Around three quarters (73 per cent , or 8.3 million) said they had no confidence in Theresa May’s leadership and just over half of them (51 per cent ).
More than a third of respondents (35 percent – 3.2 million) thought the Brexit result was a “fear” factor.
The figures are in contrast to the latest poll by the think tank Demos, which found that a majority (56 per cent – 3.5 million) think Brexit is not the only reason why people do not trust the Brexit vote.