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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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  • 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

  • 19 November 2014 | Map reading

    • Inside Housing's Jules Birch discusses Policy Exchange's Freeing Housing Associations report in an extensive article. The report shows how allowing housing associations to buy out of certain regulations will allow them to double their capacity to provide new homes to 100,000 a year.

  • 19 November 2014 | Devolution will work for Manchester

    • Former councillor Judy Terry praises Policy Exchange's Freeing Housing Associations report as "recommended reading" in an article on ConservativeHome. The report calls for housing associations to be able to buy out of their government grant in order to gain freedoms over how they handle their housing stock.

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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