Monthly archives: October 2016

Poppy Terry
Poppy Terry

By Poppy Terry

May’s focus on the power of government is an opportunity for private renters

“We should employ the power of government for the good of the people.” Extraordinary words from a Conservative Prime Minister? Or, the articulation of a clear vision from a true One Nation Tory? Either way, the tone set by Theresa May’s keynote speech at party conference last week might mean good things could lie ahead for England’s private renters.

More and more of ‘May’s people’ rent

Why? Well firstly, in her conference keynote speech Theresa May reaffirmed her commitment to … MORE...

John Bibby
John Bibby

By John Bibby

We can supercharge the power of new building by giving private renters more security

The government’s continuing commitment to building new homes is welcome. But if we want to build ‘homes and not just houses’ then we will also need to focus on how to give more security to the private tenants who will occupy them.

It’s easy for the debate about building new homes to become a big numbers game. The risk is talking about building tens or hundreds of thousands of homes is too abstract and inhuman.

So when he was announcing MORE...

Pete Jefferys
Pete Jefferys

By Pete Jefferys

Can the new government’s housing plans deliver?

Today the new Chancellor and new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government have starting to set out their housebuilding plans. We consider whether the plans are sufficient to build the affordable homes we desperately need. 

Just below the inevitable din about Brexit, it’s been notable that housing has also been an important talking point at the Conservative Party’s conference. This shouldn’t be hugely surprising given that housing is still a top-five issue for voters: above education, crime and … MORE...