Toby Lloyd
Toby Lloyd

By Toby Lloyd

White Paper day: get ready for housing policy bingo

Today’s release of the White Paper on housing will finally show us whether the government is serious about tackling the housing shortage and giving renters the security they need. This blog looks at what’s been trailed so far.

After a gestation period longer than an elephant’s and as closely watched as a royal pregnancy, the White Paper on housing is finally due to be birthed later day. Despite a huge number of trails, leaks and pre-briefs, we still don’t know … MORE...

Robin White
Robin White

By Robin White

Growing support for housebuilding opens the door for the government to take real action

It is still generally accepted that new housing developments suffer opposition from NIMBYs. As such NIMBYism is commonly seen to be one of the main blockages to the building of more homes in England; an insurmountable obstacle in the eyes of some commentators because it prevents politicians from taking action out of fear of ballot box reprisal.

However, the data on this simply doesn’t back the assumption up. A report released last week by the National Housing Federation (Demise MORE...

Catharine Banks
Catharine Banks

By Catharine Banks

Time to look again at viability?

A joint report released last week by researchers at a group of universities has confirmed some long-running suspicions. We have noticed in recent years that some developers seem to have been taking advantage of planning policy to maximise their profits – and so increase the amount of money they can offer landowners in the competitive land-buying process. They can do this by arguing down the amount they’re required to contribute towards new affordable homes, infrastructure, and community facilities, in the … MORE...

Toby Lloyd
Toby Lloyd

By Toby Lloyd

Static models cannot explain the failings of a dynamic housing market

In this guest Blog, Thomas Aubrey of the Centre for Progressive Capitalism takes issue with economic analysis being used to justify slow build out of housing developments with planning permission.

Economists and financial analysts have often struggled to model complex, dynamic systems such as the economy, but since the financial crisis there is an increasing acceptance of the limits of simple economic models. So, I was surprised to read a recent report by the planning consultancy NLP which used a … MORE...

Paul Donnelly
Paul Donnelly

By Paul Donnelly

Shifting attitudes to welfare: why knowing your audience is key to any campaign strategy

This is the second in a series of blogs talking about Shelter’s campaign to change public attitudes towards welfare.

Back in November I wrote a blog about Shelter’s campaign to shift public attitudes to welfare. This is the next stage of the campaign so far:

From a political point of view Jam is definitely the flavour of the day. The ‘just about managing’ audience, constantly referenced in speeches and articles by the government and political commentators alike, have become increasingly … MORE...