Christine Whitehead

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    New housing developments in the UK generally do not lower prices in surrounding areas

New housing developments in the UK generally do not lower prices in surrounding areas

Does new housing development always reduce the value of existing properties around that development? In this article, Christine Whitehead and Emma Sagor examine the evidence, finding that house prices do not always decline around new housing developments as many fear, at least not for a sustained period of time. There were sometimes short term price reductions during or immediately after […]

The increasing complexities of the welfare cap

The changes to the welfare cap introduced in the July 2015 budget—which lowers it to £23,000 in London and £20,000 in all other regions—break some of the principles behind the original policy and introduce considerable complexity to the system. In this article, Christine Whitehead and Emma Sagor examine the impact of the changes. 

The £26,000 welfare cap for working aged families introduced […]

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    Lyons and London: Labour’s latest housing review should not ignore initiatives in the capital

Lyons and London: Labour’s latest housing review should not ignore initiatives in the capital

Labour’s housing commission has just published a set of proposals for building new homes. Christine Whitehead, a member of the LSE’s Housing in London project, which is looking into ways of addressing the supply crisis, reviews the report. She writes that there is an oddly brief section specific to London, even though the city’s housing needs make up at least 25 per cent of […]

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    Miliband’s proposals: Old fashioned rent control or a better operating market?

Miliband’s proposals: Old fashioned rent control or a better operating market?

Last week Ed Miliband unveiled proposals intended to benefit renters, which were quickly denounced as old-fashioned ‘rent-control’ by his opponents. Christine Whitehead examines the Labour leader’s proposals in detail, arguing that they do not definitively deal with the issue. The private rented sectors needs to be addressed by more coherent, nuanced and evidence-based policies.  
The majority response to Ed […]

Solving the housing dilemma needs a much clearer vision and a far more positive approach than was set out by Ed Miliband

Following Ed Miliband’s pledge to build 200,000 homes per year if Labour were to win the 2015 general election, Christine Whitehead asks whether this is a suitable figure. Putting the current pledge into perspective, she finds it to be a very modest aspiration. In addition, it implies that there is likely to be very little additional money for social housing during […]

Land use planning should be more responsive to demand but how this could be achieved is still up for debate

Christine Whitehead discusses a recent event held at the LSE on whether we should allow or continue to restrict development on the greenbelt, highlighting the main thrust of the arguments and outlining how the the debate should move forward. The debate held at LSE on Wednesday June 27th 2012 (Should we ever build on the greenbelt?) was the latest in a long series of […]

The Government’s Housing Strategy is a step in the right direction, but the goal of constructing enough homes for the projected increase in households is slipping out of our grasp.

Last week saw the concomitant announcement of the government’s intention to build almost half a million new homes by 2015, and a 99 per cent drop in affordable housing construction. Christine Whitehead finds the government’s strategy to be an encouraging move but it is essentially lacking in efforts to source a long-term solution to the housing crisis.  It was a unhappy […]

The government’s planned National Planning Policy Framework is a step in the right direction, but policy makers must ensure they get the incentives right, and that decisions are made locally.

The consultation period for the government’s draft National Planning Policy Framework ends today. LSE London recently held a planning roundtable discussion of 15 academics from a range of social science disciplines to discuss the reforms and try to clarify its objectives. While broadly agreeing with the objectives of the reform, the planning roundtable found that the incentives they provide may often not […]