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George Osborne’s housing gamble

George Osborne is a housing radical. He may not emphasise it, or even acknowledge it, but he’s taking some big gambles on housing policy which may or may not pay off.

One major gamble he’s considering at the moment is what to do with the Affordable Homes Programme: the main house building budget of the government. In 2010 this budget was cut, as part of the broader deficit reduction programme. To reduce the impact of the cut, Osborne changed … MORE...

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Who can afford a Starter Home?

At Shelter we’ve been critical of the government’s new “Starter Homes” policy, re-announced by David Cameron in his conference speech yesterday. As a reminder, this is the policy to swap low rent housing out of all new developments and in its place build homes sold at 80% of market prices. There’s a cap at £250,000 for homes sold in England and £450,000 for London.

We do want to see better options for people on low and typical incomes, who want … MORE...

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Non-starter homes

The government’s flagship house building policy is 200,000 new “Starter Homes” by 2020. The policy was launched with a fanfare by the Prime Minister during the general election campaign with the words “a home of your own” emblazoned behind him: a sentiment that Shelter would certainly endorse.

However, new analysis we’ve published today shows that these Starter Homes will be a non-starter for families on typical wages across most of the country. In fact, average earning families will be priced … MORE...

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The true cost of the Right to Buy

If you’re a family searching for a home in Stevenage the chances are that you’ll need to rent from a private landlord. Shelter research in April found that there are no 2 bedroom homes on the market in Stevenage that a family earning the average income in the town could afford to buy, even if they already have a deposit saved up. So families searching for a home are likely to come across rented properties like this two bed on … MORE...

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Genesis: a new beginning?

While there’s a broad consensus that we need to build many more homes in England, the debate about the type of homes we should build – whether homes to buy, private rent or for social rent – is far from settled.* That’s perhaps why many people were shocked this week by the comments of the Chief Executive of Genesis, a not-for-profit housing association, who said that they would be moving away from the traditional model of building low rent homes … MORE...