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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...

Pete Jefferys
Pete Jefferys

By Pete Jefferys

‘Renewal’ outlines huge opportunity for Conservatives on housing

One (rare) thing that everyone agrees on after Brexit is that it shone a spotlight on millions of people in England who feel left behind. As the new Prime Minister put it:

“I know you’re working around the clock, I know you’re doing your best, and I know that sometimes life can be a struggle. The government I lead will be driven not by the interests of the privileged few, but by yours.”

While not the full story, housing is … MORE...

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Pete Jefferys

By Pete Jefferys

How to buck a Brexit slowdown and build 1m homes

Come May 2020 what will Theresa May’s government look back on with pride and what will it look back on with regret?  Depending on the choices made at this early stage housing has the potential to fall squarely into either the ‘pride’ or ‘regret’ column. At Shelter, in our 50th year, we want housing to become a source of pride for our country, not a chronic weakness.

Today we’ve published a new paper looking at how the government can meet … MORE...

Pete Jefferys
Pete Jefferys

By Pete Jefferys

Help to Buy ISA: the real scandal

Over the weekend the Telegraph reported that there is a Help to Buy ISA “scandal” because “first-time buyers will not be able to use it on an initial deposit on their new home”. As you’d expect, this prompted an angry reaction from some of the 500,000 people who’ve taken out an ISA in the hope of using the government’s bonus towards their deposit. But is this all as scandalous as it sounds?

The Help to Buy ISA

The Help to … MORE...

Pete Jefferys
Pete Jefferys

By Pete Jefferys

Affordable housing: “affordable for who”?

Every time I hear the term “affordable housing” being used – whether in a conversation with friends, family, Shelter clients or in a focus group – the same comment is always made: “yes, but affordable for who…?”* Usually, the phrase is accompanied by a rolling of the eyes, or a shaking of the head.

Most of us who care about housing would agree with the sentiment that a lot of so-called “affordable” homes just aren’t. However it’s also vital that … MORE...