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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Shifting Foundations Home ownership and government objectives

In this interim paper for ippr's Housing Across the Lifecycle project, Dominic Maxwell asks why, if at all, the Government should help people to buy a house?

In this interim paper for ippr's Housing Across the Lifecycle project, Dominic Maxwell asks why, if at all, the Government should help people to buy a house.

The paper starts with the Government's stated reasons for subsidising home ownership. It asks to what extent these provide adequate justification for subsidies, and uses this analysis to draw some broad principles for policy.

The full report of the Housing Across the Lifecycle project is now available.