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    Rethinking London’s ‘ripple effect’ on house prices: other UK regions transmit shocks too

Rethinking London’s ‘ripple effect’ on house prices: other UK regions transmit shocks too

Contrary to what is often thought, it is not necessarily house price changes in London that are transmitted to the rest of the country, but the opposite appears to happen more frequently, explains Nikolaos Antonakakis. He supports this argument using evidence from 13 UK regions for the period 1973-2014.

Many authors have emphasized the ripple effect in the UK housing […]

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    Reforms and resistance: how tenants can influence housing policy

Reforms and resistance: how tenants can influence housing policy

With successive governments having failed to alleviate England’s housing crisis, can tenants ever hope to influence housing policy? Stewart Smyth explains how this can be done. He explores the nature of the dynamic between government reforms and grassroots resistance across housing tenures.

As the extent of the housing crisis in England has become apparent, the government’s policy failures are not […]

Who is helped by Help to Buy?

What’s not to like about a policy which can expand home ownership and boost the supply of housing? Geoff Meeks and J.Gay Meeks recount some of the doubts about the efficacy of the government’s Help to Buy scheme. They present new evidence on some of its regressive distributional consequences, and touch on the opportunity cost of the subsidy programme.

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    Masterly inactivity or a new dawn?: Labour and the regulation of private renting

Masterly inactivity or a new dawn?: Labour and the regulation of private renting

If there is one thing that Labour and the Conservatives currently have in common is that both appear ready to embark on a step change in housing policy. But are Jeremy Corbyn’s recent announcements on rent controls a sign of change, or just another new political language for ‘masterly inactivity’? Ben Pattison reviews Labour’s record on private renting regulation.

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    Racial discrimination in UK housing has a long history and deep roots

Racial discrimination in UK housing has a long history and deep roots

Following the publication of the government’s racial disparity audit, Kevin Gulliver gives an overview of such disparities in housing. Drawing on several studies on the matter, he explains the causes and suggests some of the solutions.

The Government’s racial disparity audit, built on data from a range of fields of inquiry, underscores the endurance of racial discrimination and disadvantage in […]

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    From Westminster to Stormont: forty years of failed housing policies

From Westminster to Stormont: forty years of failed housing policies

Public housing has always been financially sustainable – it is political choices over the past forty years that have sought to undermine social tenure, writes Stewart Smyth. He explains how housing policy has evolved in Northern Ireland and makes the case for a new approach.

It was a tragic and unwelcome co-incidence to launch a report about public housing in […]

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    Homes fit for 21st century heroes: the past and future of UK housing policy

Homes fit for 21st century heroes: the past and future of UK housing policy

For over a century, housing has shaped British political economy and has both consolidated and divided the two major parties, writes Ewan Gibbs. He outlines the centrality of housing policies in British history, and argues that strategic adjustments will be key in adapting future policy to popular morality and structural economic forces.

From Lloyd George’s infamous call for a government […]

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    Is austerity the mother of invention? How local authorities are providing housing again

Is austerity the mother of invention? How local authorities are providing housing again

By forcing local authorities to rethink their inner workings, austerity may have caused them to become more innovative. Janice Morphet investigates whether this holds true for housing. She explains how the traditional means of provision have changed over the past few years, enabling local councils to improve their assets and to also address their social purpose. 

While no one would […]