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  • Freeing Housing Associations

    Housing associations are being stifled by unnecessary red tape that is preventing them from building 100,000 new homes a year. The government should create a new category of 'Free Housing Associations', that are able to set their own rent policy, choose their own tenants and manage their housing stock with greater autonomy.

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  • Housing minister backs PX social housing policy

    Housing minister Kris Hopkins today called for councils to sell off expensive social housing and use the proceeds to build more new social housing, as Policy Exchange called for in our 2012 report Ending Expensive Social Tenancies.

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    Building more homes
  • Taxing Issues

    Reducing housing demand or increasing housing supply

    Taxing Issues? examines the barriers to home ownership, including the pros and cons of introducing new land and property taxes. The report argues that the best way to bring down the cost of home ownership and tackle market volatility is to scrap increases in property taxes, urging policymakers instead to focus on building 1.5 million new homes by 2020.

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    Housing
  • 21st Century Retail Policy

    Policies intended to revive Britain’s ailing high streets are raising the cost of living for households by at least £1,000 a year. Town Centre First, a policy intended to support the high street by limiting out-of-town shopping centres, is decreasing retailers' productivity, pushing up prices. We need to focus on giving low income households access to social and retail hubs, but not restricting where these retail centres should be built.   Read the report

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Latest Housing & Planning in the news

  • 13 January 2015 | Why can't the UK build 240,000 houses a year?

    • A BBC News Magazine article considers why the UK is failing to build 240,000 homes a year, despite that number of permissions being granted in the year to September 2014. Chris Walker, Policy Exchange's Head of Housing & Planning is quoted in the article, saying that while that number of permissions is a positive step, the question is whether the upward trend will carry on. Chris also highlights that, as not all permissions are built with many expiring, 240,000 permissions may amount to 200,000 new homes being built. 

  • 17 December 2014 | Opinion: Policy Exchange’s housing association report revisited

    • Writing in 24dash Ian Fletcher, Director of Policy at the British Property Federation, backs the proposals made in our report Freeing Housing Associations for allowing Housing Associations to buy out of their government grant and start providing homes for market sale. Fletcher argues that housing associations that wish to build homes for market sale should be allowed to, and that obstructing such moves is unconstructive in terms of solving the housing crisis.

Latest Housing & Planning Publications

  • 12 November 2014 | Freeing Housing Associations: Better financing, more homes

    • Housing associations are being stifled by unnecessary red tape that prevents them from building 100,000 new homes a year – a third of the total housing supply needed to keep up with demand. The government should create a new category of 'Free Housing Associations', that are able to set their own rent policy, choose their own tenants and manage their housing stock with greater autonomy.

  • 07 November 2013 | Taxing Issues? Reducing housing demand or increasing housing supply

    • Taxing Issues? examines the barriers to home ownership, including the pros and cons of introducing new land and property taxes. The report argues that the best way to bring down the cost of home ownership and tackle market volatility is to scrap increases in property taxes, urging policymakers instead to focus on building 1.5 million new homes by 2020.

Latest Housing & Planning Blogs

  • 19 January 2015 | Ramp up the number of market homes built to deal with the housing crisis

    • Chris Walker, Policy Exchange's Head of Housing & Planning, sets out why housing associations are key to helpin solve the housing crisis. Already delivering nearly half the new homes being built each year - and almost all of the social homes - giving them a shot in the arm by enabling them to build more market homes would boost the number of homes being built each year.

  • 12 November 2014 | Chris Walker: How to free housing associations to build more homes

    • To mark the release of our latest report, Freeing Housing Associations, Chris Walker, Policy Exchange's Head of Housing and Planning, sets out how numerous rules and regulations are hindering housing associations from doubling the number of new homes they build each year from 50,000 to 100,000. 

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