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    Policies that raise living standards, boost quality of life and build the homes we need.

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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

    High Streets

Latest Housing & Planning in the news

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

    • Ian Fletcher, Director of Policy at the British Property Federation, has written a blog for 24dash.com – a Social Housing and Local Government news website – considering the key proposals made in our recently published report Freeing Housing Associations. The report calls for housing associations to be given the option to repay their historical government grant, freeing them from numerous regulatory restrictions and allowing them to raise and spend up to an extra £1 billion on building both new social and market homes. Ian highlights how, in the midst of a housing crisis, inventive solutions are needed and that housing associations should be encouraged to invest into a broader range of housing solutions. However, the current regulatory and investment regime constrains how much they can do.

  • 11 December 2014 | Britons pay highest property taxes in the developed world

    • Chris Walker, Policy Exchange's Head of Housing & Planning, is quoted in The Times responding to findings from the OECD that taxes on properties made up 11.9% of UK taxes in 2012 - the highest rate in the developed world. Chris highlights property taxes have completely failed to dampen demand for new housing, and that the only solution is to build more homes.

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

  • 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. 

  • 10 September 2014 | On housing, the ConHome manifesto offers the right diagnosis – but not all of the right answers

    • Chris Walker, Policy Exchange's Head of Housing and Planning, provides a critique of the housing section of ConservativeHome's recently published manifesto. Chris backs the manifesto’s diagnosis that Britain’s housing crisis is one of affordability, but argues that increasing housing supply is the only way to tackle this.  

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