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Exposing the property parasites

David Cameron’s announcement today that the Land Registry will publish information on the UK property holdings of foreign companies is welcome: although it is understandably and rightly being presented as a move to tackle corruption, it has positive implications for our dysfunctional property market.

The examples shown in today’s media coverage reinforce what we’ve known for sometime, that homes in this country are increasingly been treated by some as instruments of unproductive financial speculation rather than places to live.

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Can public land sales solve the deficit and the housing shortage?

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with me banging on about the central role of the land market in our dysfunctional housing supply system. Simply put, we’ll never build the number of homes we need in England, and certainly won’t make them affordable to ordinary families, unless we can get the right bits of land into the right hands, at the right price.

Sadly, we seem to be completely unable to do this. The land market remains terrifyingly … MORE...

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Poverty and property: the trilemma of destitution, welfare or market intervention.

The role of the state in helping people with their housing costs is right at the centre of the ongoing arguments around the future size and scope of government welfare spending – and in fact it always has been. All that’s changed has been the nature of that support. Right now, the debate is largely about welfare payments – in housing terms that primarily means housing benefit. It’s not hard to see why, as the total housing benefit bill has … MORE...

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Budget 2015: the impact on social housing

Lots of house building – and house selling – measures were trailed before yesterday’s Budget. It seems though that we’ll have to wait for a planning announcement on Friday to know what most of them are. Most importantly we don’t know what funding, if any, there will be for urgently needed new affordable homes, or how the extension of the Right to Buy to housing association tenants and the forced sale of council homes will work in practice.

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Watch: Create Streets debate — London Needs to Build the Right Housing, Not Just More Housing

On 4th June, I spoke on the subject of the type of homes that London needs with prospective London mayoral candidates Ivan Massow and David Lammy MP, and Director of World Research for Savills, Yolande Barnes.

More information about the event can be found on the Legatum Institute’s website.

 

 

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