Housing

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 […]

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    Buying a house takes more than hard work and willpower – contrary to government belief

Buying a house takes more than hard work and willpower – contrary to government belief

Housing is turning the UK into a land of opportunities for overseas investors but failing its own citizens, writes Alice Belotti. Here, she explains why the recent Housing and Planning Act 2016 is not effectively tackling the three main causes of the housing crisis: insufficient supply; incredibly high rents; and affordability for those on lower incomes.

Home repossession, evictions, and […]

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    Adding £2.3bn of debt to the accounts – social housing deregulation as an early test for the minority Welsh Government

Adding £2.3bn of debt to the accounts – social housing deregulation as an early test for the minority Welsh Government

Before the elections to the Welsh Assembly last week, Steffan Evans outlined how housing might be a key policy area around which bridges could be built in the Senedd. With the results now confirmed, we know Labour will need to work with other parties, but what will be the biggest issues facing the First Minister Carwyn Jones when it […]

Can the new London Mayor tackle the housing crisis?

The new Mayor of London will soon have to start turning electoral promises into implementable policies. This means prioritising achievable targets that are popular, lie within the remit of the office and that have a reasonable chance of success within the first term. But some of the election promises made by the two front-runners – Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith – […]

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    Thinking in and beyond the market: housing, planning, and the state

Thinking in and beyond the market: housing, planning, and the state

Everybody seems to accept that there is something wrong with the way housing is delivered in Britain, particularly in England. In some parts of the country house prices are stubbornly high and rising; elsewhere there seems to be housing nobody wants. The planning system is often blamed. But if we are to find a solution, we also need to […]

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    The extraordinarily rigid planning system is the main reason homes in England are unaffordable

The extraordinarily rigid planning system is the main reason homes in England are unaffordable

Housing space in England is currently the most expensive and unaffordable in the world. Christian Hilber and Wouter Vermeulen identify three reasons for this problem: the regulatory constraints, the scarcity of suitable land, and the uneven topography, all make it difficult to build affordable homes.

House prices in the South East of England would have been roughly 25 percent lower […]

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    Council estates: why demolition is anything but the solution

Council estates: why demolition is anything but the solution

In early 2016, the Prime Minister announced plans for the demolition of 100 large, run-down and difficult to manage council estates. Anne Power argues demolition not only doesn’t solve housing and social problems, but in fact deepens them. Here, she outlines the hidden costs of the process, and explains why infilling and upgrading is what the government should actually […]