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I’ve co-signed a letter to George Osborne and Vince Cable, published in today’s Financial Times, which calls for the collection and publication of UK land market prices, which ceased in 2011, to be resumed. Its absence makes it much harder … Continue reading

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The British economy is growing again – at the healthy annual rate of 3 per cent over the last two quarters according to figures released today by the Office for National Statistics. After two years of a stop-start recovery, it … Continue reading

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Since the publication of the Barker report in 2004, there has been a growing recognition among policymakers that the UK needs substantially to increase its housing supply. Almost 10 years on, we are nowhere near to achieving the required levels … Continue reading

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When it comes to discussions of planning reform, the issue of ‘landbanking’ is never far from the surface. Indeed, it has become the standard concern of those who are sceptical of our developers. When a minister argues the case for … Continue reading

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In the coming days, the Commission on London Finance established by Boris Johnson and chaired by Tony Travers is due to publish its final report. The Guardian has obtained an advance copy and it makes for interesting reading.

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With the economic recovery continuing to stall, there was a broad consensus ahead of today’s budget that the chancellor should provide a boost for housing and the construction sector, to help get jobs and growth going. George Osborne responded with … Continue reading

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Last week, the authorities in Hong Kong bowed to the inevitable and slapped a 15 per cent stamp duty on properties purchased by overseas buyers. With its currency tied to the dollar, and no capital controls or capital gains tax, … Continue reading

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In the US, the bursting of the property bubble forced millions of homeowners into arrears, negative equity and foreclosure, dragging down consumer confidence and spending power in the process. The Obama administration responded with measures to help over a million … Continue reading

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It may be a little too much to claim that a reformation is underway in economic theory, but the protracted global economic crisis has brought thinkers previously considered heterodox increasingly into the mainstream of policy discussions, while currents of thinking … Continue reading

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As good civil servants observing the appropriate rules, the Downing Street press office issued a copy of the prime minister’s welfare reform speech with sections marked ‘political content excised’. In truth, if they’d applied that editing principle consistently, the whole … Continue reading

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