Housing

Help To Buy Scheme Launched To Help First Time Buyers

Eric Pickles: Labour’s approach to housing shows how out of touch they are

16 December 2013 16:03

Under the last Labour Government, house building fell to its lowest peacetime level since the 1920s. Labour’s top-down Regional Strategies…

There is not enough housing and insufficient properties are being built. Social landlords have had to adapt.

Housing associations have had to change in order to fulfil their social responsibilities

22 November 2013 14:30

Regardless of your views on social housing, you’d have to admit there are far more obvious, and natural, targets for…

Involvement in schemes like Build to Rent have damaged the reputations of social landlords. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/GettyImages)

Social landlords have prostituted themselves over ‘Build to Rent’

21 November 2013 11:03

Last weekend a group of young professionals, forced by a spiralling housing market to rent rooms in shared houses at…

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Coffee Shots: Osborne’s stairway to heaven?

20 November 2013 15:00

From this week’s Spectator, our cartoon editor Michael Heath offers his take on George Osborne’s Help to Buy scheme. Subscribe…

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How ‘Help to Buy’ helps the Tories

10 November 2013 16:55

Few images are more seared in the Tory consciousness than that of Margaret Thatcher handing over the keys to people…

BRITAIN-POLITICS

Why Mike Penning can afford to be so aggressive about the benefit cap

23 October 2013 14:45

What a combative interviewee Mike Penning made on the Today programme. The new work and pensions minister clearly felt that…

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Boris’s immigration issue

21 October 2013 16:17

When you discuss Boris Johnson’s leadership prospects with Tory MPs, one subject nearly always comes up: immigration. The Mayor is…

What did Londoners gain from the sale of this property in Cromwell Terrace for £80 million earlier in the year?

What have Londoners gained from the London housing bubble?

14 October 2013 13:40

Now that the middle class squeeze has become my sujet du bore at the fancy north London dinner parties I…

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Jack Dromey: Labour let Thatcher become the champion of aspiration

24 September 2013 20:46

When Margaret Thatcher passed away and the broadcasters, newspapers, and casual drinkers in pubs picked over what her legacy really…

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Labour’s claim of being the party of council housing is in tatters

23 September 2013 17:47

As part of the Labour conference focus on the cost of living, the party will be going to great efforts…

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Lib Dem conference: Vince Cable says Tory Cabinet colleagues are worried about housing bubble

16 September 2013 19:26

‘People think that I’m quite blunt,’ joked Vince Cable to Steve Richards at a fringe event this evening. The Business…

That was the middle class that was. Illustration: Christian Adams.

For the middle classes, things can only get worse

23 August 2013 13:15

In this week’s magazine Fraser Nelson and I look at the breaking of the English middle class, a subject so…

Stamp Duty is affecting ordinary house sales in the Midlands and the North, not just the plusher regions of London and the South East.

Stamp Duty is stomping all over Middle England

6 August 2013 13:40

65 per cent of the people buying a home in London in 2012-13 paid the 3 per cent rate of…

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The View from 22 — baby boomers vs. the jilted generation, an indecent housing proposal and the royal baby

25 July 2013 9:03

Are the baby boomers propping up the lazy ‘jilted generation’ while driving Britain’s economic recovery? On this week’s View from…

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Labour’s localism epiphany

7 June 2013 8:35

Just because Labour has been taking a big dose of reality this week doesn’t mean the party is now refusing…

Chancellor Of The Exchequer George Osborne Makes A Post Budget Visit In London

The friendless Help-to-Buy scheme

23 May 2013 15:56

Is there anyone left who thinks the Government’s Help to Buy scheme is a good idea? This week’s Spectator splashes…

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No more radical reforms, please, we’ve pushed our MPs too far

1 May 2013 12:55

Nick Clegg is frustrated. He told callers on LBC this morning that ‘one of the most frustrating dilemmas that we…

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Was today’s conservatory revolt really necessary?

16 April 2013 19:26

Eric Pickles did manage to avert a defeat in the Commons on plans to let homeowners build extensions and conservatories…

Zac Goldsmith is leading a group of rebel MPs on homeowners' development rights. Picture: Getty

Planning ‘love-in’ fails to rouse good feelings

16 April 2013 9:06

So it doesn’t look as though last night’s ‘love-in’ that I reported went particularly well. Cheryl Gillan described planning minister…

MPs are voting tomorrow on plans to allow homeowners to extend their properties without planning permission. Picture: Getty

MPs invited to planning ‘love-in’

15 April 2013 16:22

Parliament’s only just back from Easter recess and already there’s a threat of rebellion in the Commons. The Growth and…

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Nimbyism? That’s not even the half of it.

11 April 2013 13:36

Pity the poor Nimbys. Not only has the government’s horrible new planning regime come into force, but last week we…

Members of staff look through old newspaper cuttings from Margaret Thatcher's time as an MP. Picture: Getty

‘No such thing as society’: what it means for today’s welfare debate

9 April 2013 17:14

Any Tories who might be asking ‘What Would Thatcher Do?’ about some of the political rows bubbling away today would…

Model Lauren Budd attends Cowdray Park for the Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup Polo match on July 19, 2009 in Midhurst, England. The local rural economy needs the support of 'townies'. (Photo by Frantzesco Kangaris/Getty Images)

Sir Andrew Motion, there’s much more to rural life than housing

30 March 2013 12:06

Five years of living in squalid parts of London has made me appreciate my rural upbringing. I grew up on…

David Cameron's speech on immigration in Ipswich has failed to caspture the media's attention. (Chris Radburn/AFP/Getty Images)

David Cameron’s immigration speech fails to capture the imagination

26 March 2013 10:41

This morning’s papers have followed the lead of yesterday’s TV news bulletins: the prime minister’s immigration speech was not the…

Eric Pickles has argued that the barrier to housebuilding is availability of credit, not the planning system. Picture: Getty

Budget 2013: New ‘Help to Buy’ plan is a boost for Eric Pickles

20 March 2013 16:10

One of the big measures in today’s Budget was the Help to Buy scheme. It answers two demands: the first…