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Housing policy: a fundamental review Priority

communities , families , housing , local government


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Providing a new framework and direction for sustainable and progressive housing policy. The primary purpose of housing policy must be to provide secure, decent, affordable homes for the whole population. But too few homes have been built to meet rising demographic needs, with the result that demand has outstripped supply, and rents and asset prices have inflated beyond the means of ordinary families.

In recent decades, housing has also lost out to education and health as a public spending priority. Today, 96 per cent of people believe that Britain has serious housing problems and concern is widespread about the affordability and availability of homes to rent or buy. Housing is returning to the top of the domestic political agenda – but not as the subject of a new national consensus, as it was in the post-war era, but as the focus of heated partisan debate. Housing policy is fractured and contested.

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There is a pressing need for comprehensive, fresh ideas – and so IPPR is undertaking a fundamental review of housing policy. The high levels of interdependence between different aspects of this complex policy area mean that a single-sector perspective is of limited value. IPPR will therefore adopt a systemic perspective, approaching the research primarily through the lens of housing outcomes, rather than types of tenure. The review will be based on empirical evidence, feature strong political argument, and make specific recommendations for a progressive future for housing policy.

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IPPR is grateful to the generous sponsors of this research programme: