Housing

How the next PM can help solve the housing crisis

3 July 2019 6:30

The Government’s commission on how to make new houses more beautiful – yes, that one – is set to publish its first…

The flawed logic behind Brokenshire’s landlord bashing

16 April 2019 16:14

In what Communities Secretary James Brokenshire described as ‘the biggest change to the private rental sector in a generation’, the…

Sadiq Khan is wrong about rent control

28 January 2019 12:56

Rent control would worsen London’s housing crisis while hurting the poor, immigrants, and minorities. Yet Sadiq Khan wants to make it the…

Theresa May’s housing speech shows up her flaws

19 September 2018 18:43

The National Housing Federation isn’t used to Prime Ministers attending its annual conference. In fact, it’s not used to getting…

How does the housing crisis threaten a Tory government, and how can they fix it?

21 June 2018 16:44

In Britain today, home ownership rates stand at a 30-year low. More and more families with young children are renting,…

How can Britain build more homes?

29 May 2018 10:56

It is generally agreed that Britain is suffering from a housing crisis, with big cities such as London being particular…

What will happen to Millennials when they retire?

17 April 2018 16:50

Recently, a rather agitated Tory MP came to me and asked why on earth his party wasn’t talking more about…

How Theresa May’s reforming ministers are constrained

5 March 2018 18:53

When Theresa May gave her big housing speech today, in front of a rather strange fake brick backdrop that made…

Labour is doing little to solve London’s housing problems

15 December 2017 11:53

It’s often said that Britain has a housing crisis. But actually, it’s much more of a London housing crisis. Despite…

Stamp duty was already a mess – but we just made it worse

22 November 2017 15:26

We could have given them free Spotify subscriptions. Or Just Eat vouchers. Instead, the government’s pitch to Jezza-loving twenty-somethings was…

There is no simple fix for Britain’s ‘broken’ housing market

17 November 2017 18:10

You’re probably sick of hearing that Britain is in the midst of a housing crisis – we’ve all heard it…

Will the Tories really grasp the nettle on two of the biggest domestic crises?

16 November 2017 18:23

Two of the biggest unsolved domestic crises in this country are surely social care and housing. Both have creaked from…

Theresa May’s political problems on housebuilding might not be as big as she thinks

15 November 2017 16:53

Does Theresa May want to build more homes? The problems that the Prime Minister faces on this matter were summed…

If the Tories want to survive they must build more houses

23 October 2017 14:50

Too many Tories have a sense of inevitable defeat at the next general election. They can see what the problems…

Cabinet urge Hammond to be bold on housing in the Budget

21 October 2017 10:31

With the next European Council not scheduled until December, political attention now turns to next month’s Budget. As I say…

Why we need more than Help to Buy to fix the housing market

2 October 2017 19:25

The Conservative Party conference kicked off with news that the government plans to earmark an additional £10 billion for the…

With average house prices now eight times the average wage, affordable housing remains a dream

28 September 2017 13:01

Housing – and specifically the dearth of reasonably priced housing – is an issue that crops up again and again…

The Tories need houses, not memes, to win over the young

29 August 2017 13:13

The Tory party has a new youth wing called Activate to try to win over the kids with ‘memes’ –…

Quantitative easing has made houses hopelessly unaffordable

29 August 2017 11:51

Financial crises tend to see asset prices collapsing, making housing more affordable. But it’s been different this time because the…

Grenfell Tower and the politics of needless death

15 June 2017 21:38

As the body count rose from the Grenfell Tower fire, sensible people warned us not to rush to judgement. Activists,…