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More home ownership is progressive

This post also appeared on Progress Online. Labour has gone big on helping private renters in recent months. And we’re right to. With ever more people forced to rent from private landlords, including 1 million families, we need to improve standards … Continue reading

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Bad Policy, Bad Business

A piece I did for Progress too, on the Policy Exchange report into selling off the most valuable social housing. Hats off to Policy Exchange for another report that stirs a controversy and which prepares the ground for ministers to … Continue reading

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Coalition Housing Stimulus, Episode 4

The government is trying once again to engineer a housing boost to stem Britain’s continuing economic bleed. Remember the previous attempts at ‘kickstarting’ house building?

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Housing: the economic stimulus of choice

Steve said a few days ago, ‘it is interesting to note more people on the airwaves arguing that housebuilding is the best way get the economy moving.’ Here are two more: According to the pollster Peter Kellner, the only economic Plan … Continue reading

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Collapse in housebuilding pulls economy into recession – again

Really bad news today that the economy is in an even deeper recession than we thought. We’ve now had three quarters of recession in a row. The Chancellor’s been in charge two years, so eight quarters. In five of those … Continue reading

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Labour’s first measures to help private renters (and landlords)

Here’s a post the people at Progress commissioned from us. Great to see Labour coming out with real proposals for private renters: Renting is something people do for a short time, when they are young, while they save for a … Continue reading

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Putting private rent before affordable housing and homeownership?

The Montague Review into private rented housing is due to report later this month. From the trails so far, I’d say the measures it proposes will increase development of homes for market rent. I’m not sure though it’s entirely a … Continue reading

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The Rent is too Damn High

Could the only way to tackle Grant Shapps continual nonsense about falling rents be getting this guy to follow him round? There’s something to be said for getting your message across by including in every answer exactly the same phrase. … Continue reading

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Keeping social housing as a public good

There will be lots of attention on Hammersmith and Fulham’s new allocations policy given their stated aims for social housing. I wanted to draw out one element: there will be limits on those who can join the housing register. In … Continue reading

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Tempa T on Housing

You don’t get a lot of grime on Red Brick – but I think as a policy platform Tempa T does a decent job here: house prices, inequality, empty homes, quality and space standards.  

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