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And also, for those who rent, but want to get on the ladder, the knowledge that the relief is there makes the calculations a bit more paletable. Take it away and ownership becomes that little bit more unreachable. Which means more people "throwing money away" renting and lining landlords' pockets to the extent that when they are at retirement age, and would have otherwise owned a property, they will be staring down the barrel of having to come up with rent money from whatever pension they might have. If you believe those that say there are too few people with private pensions and also that state pension provision is likely to reduce over time, then this is a very, VERY dangerous step!!!!!!