Housing

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. 

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How to increase affordable housing: six innovative options

The shortage of supply and the unaffordability of homes are key elements of Britain’s housing crisis. Gina Netto draws on research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to outline six potential solutions which could increase the supply of affordable housing.

News that in-work poverty is continuing to rise in the UK – and that the high costs of housing are a […]

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    Community-led housing: the evolution of partnerships between CLTs and housing associations

Community-led housing: the evolution of partnerships between CLTs and housing associations

Community land trusts (CLTs) have emerged as an alternative housing solution to localised problems of affordability. Being governed by volunteers, however, CLTs have benefitted from the support of housing associations that provide them with vital technical expertise. But there are also difficulties that come with these partnerships, explains Tom Moore.

The affordability and availability of housing in England particularly […]