Housing

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,…

The Grenfell Tower blaze was a disaster waiting to happen

15 June 2017 14:20

Those images from the early hours of Wednesday – fire shooting up the side of a tower block, with desperate…

Housing is escalating up the political agenda

23 May 2017 12:41

As we ready ourselves for what has become an annual pilgrimage to the polling booths, in terms of finance there…

It’s time for a real Department of Housing, with a minister to match

12 May 2017 12:28

‘I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and I intend to spend it’.  That was how George W Bush…

Is it time to take a close look at the prime London property market? Spectator Money investigates

18 April 2017 10:00

‘It feels like 2010,’ was the verdict last week of one seasoned operator in the prime London property market. What…

Homeowners ‘earning’ more from their properties than their jobs

10 March 2017 10:28

It brings a whole new meaning to ‘working from home’. New research has revealed that homeowners in one in three…

What is happening in the housing market? Let’s take a closer look

27 February 2017 10:30

Dinner table conversations these days prove that you don’t have to be an estate agent or work in the property…

The perils of leasehold property

20 February 2017 12:03

You’ve traded in your beat-up turkey of a car. You’ve forked out on insurance, finance, the MOT, and what you…

Sajid Javid on the green belt, Brexit and his ‘homeless’ childhood

12 February 2017 10:00

Just before Christmas, Sajid Javid performed a ritual he has observed twice a year throughout his adult life: he read…

What the papers say: John Bercow the ‘pipsqueak’ and Sajid Javid’s missed opportunity

8 February 2017 8:42

John Bercow has defended his comments about Donald Trump by saying his remarks were made ‘honestly and honourably’. Today’s editorials,…

Ministers take the politically safe route on housing

5 February 2017 12:04

If a home was built for every new initiative, speech or newspaper article about “fixing the housing crisis”, our housing…

Sort the housing crisis, or a Corbyn will win a general election

4 February 2017 10:35

Jeremy Corbyn isn’t going to become Prime Minister. But if the housing crisis isn’t solved, the next left wing populist…

Mortgage rates are fuelling the generational wealth imbalance

17 January 2017 12:37

At some point a few years ago, after the financial crisis had passed but the economic stats still showed the…

Buying a second property: what you need to know for 2017

3 January 2017 12:45

If you’re planning on buying a second property this year, then help is at hand thanks to Spectator Money. Stamp…