Housing: Where's the Plan?
Housing is a fundamental necessity, and yet we have a ‘housing crisis’ in the UK. The housing market has worked well for many people (who have enjoyed the steeply rising values of their homes) which is why change, especially new building, is resisted. But for increasing numbers of people home ownership is out of reach. Government finds it easier to introduce short-term policies that are not really effective and so the long-term issues are never resolved. Reforms are urgently needed. This short book provides some answers, concluding with a list of policy recommendations and success criteria which would go far to improve the opportunities for families to be served better by the market. Along the way a number of myths are identified – either facts about the housing market or quick-fix solutions to the problems – that the author argues are mistaken.
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