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What does the Queen’s speech mean for housing?

We were delighted that housing got such top billing in the recent General Election campaign – with David Cameron citing his desire to build the homes we need on the very steps of Downing Street. After such a dismal showing for housing in previous elections, this was real progress. But the true test of the new government’s commitment to solving our housing crisis was always going to come after the dust of the election had settled. Today’s Queen’s Speech was … MORE...

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The next government must change the rules of the game

The next government will have to be bold about reforming the housing supply system.

For years now we’ve been demanding that political parties come up with big, bold plans for building more homes. So it’s gratifying that all three parties placed housing at the heat of their pitches to the electorate – and that all of them made building more the central objective. Beyond that broad agreement there are plenty of differences between the parties, which we summarised last weekMORE...

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Another nail in the coffin of social housing

As they head into the general election, all the parties recognise that there is a severe housing shortage, which is having a devastating effect on people’s ability to afford a decent home to call their own. For thirty years governments of all stripes have worsened the shortage by failing to build anything like the numbers of affordable homes we need. But you can’t solve an affordable homes shortage by selling off affordable homes – and unfortunately that is exactly what … MORE...

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How to make new garden cities actually happen

Building a new generation of garden cities is in danger of becoming a motherhood and apple pie policy: everyone agrees it’s a great idea, but no-one has any real plans for making it happen. It’s not hard to see why. Building more homes is pretty much universally recognised as essential, and garden cities are a simple, readily understood way of getting it done – contrasting favourably with more complex and contested proposals like estate regeneration, green belt release or … MORE...

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A step too far in the slow assault on social housing?

Something truly extraordinary happened the other day. A coalition of over 200 landowners and property companies in Westminster protested that the government is undermining the economic health of London, by letting its own members avoid commitments to build much needed affordable housing. These commitments – known as Section 106 Agreements, or just S106 – are deals done between developers and councils, in which the developer agrees to provide something for the community in exchange for getting planning permission. Although … MORE...