As a London MP, I see the consequences of those failures every week in my surgeries. Young people forced to live in their parent's home until well into their 30s, couples renting in the private sector and struggling to save for a deposit, and families living in overcrowded conditions. Worst of all, there are far too many people who can't find anywhere to live at all. They need our help, and that's the purpose of the Housing White Paper we have published today.
The upcoming Housing White Paper provides a real opportunity to make some of these changes so as to ensure that each and every part of the country has the opportunity to develop and secure investment in the homes that are needed.
The government's long-awaited white paper on housing - due to be published shortly - is widely expected to feature measures to promote downsizing by older homeowners. The proposals are predicted to include exemptions on stamp duty for older people moving to smaller properties, thereby freeing up larger homes for younger families as part of the answer to the housing crisis.
The Conservatives have no-one to blame for their record on homelessness but themselves. To turn the tide and end the national scandal of rough sleeping, will once again take a Labour government. After seven years of failure, Ministers are set to relaunch their housing policy with a new white paper. Ending the scandal of homelessness must be at the heart of it.
2017 should be a landmark year for housing policy in the UK: for the first time in decades, housebuilding is at the top of the domestic political agenda, with cross-party consensus on the need for building more homes.
Reform of the Buy to Let market needs to go hand in hand with a bigger strategy for Build to Rent so that secure, stable, good quality homes are available to those who need stable, comfortable, affordable homes.
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Different parts of the 'sharing economy' will inevitably need different forms of regulation. Governments need to be smarter and bolder in how they approach this task. If they want to retain their social licence to operate, companies would be well advised to cooperate rather than try to resist.
Across the political spectrum the homeless tend to be treated as passive recipients, whether of abuse or pity. While bad housing and welfare policy are creating more homelessness, it is often the critics of these policies that are creating homeless victims.
Renting in the private sector is precarious. Tenancies last no more than six to twelve months, and landlords can evict tenants for no reason at two months' notice. By 2020, a third of Londoners will rent from a private landlord, and it is already the dominant tenure for younger people.
In all the debate about the funding and integration of health and care, too little attention has been paid to housing. Yet we know that an older or di...
We were told everything would be geared towards helping this group of low and middle earners - including with their housing costs. So looking at the detail, how did today's announcements shape up? Who are the 'JAMs' and what's their housing situation?
Once seen as a tenure of transition into homeownership, private renting has increasingly become the last stop for many Britons. Politicians need to wake up to this reality and help voters get a foot in the door of their own homes.
House builders have reignited the housing debate with two new reports. First Berkeley Homes' boss ...