The government commits billions to private housing – it’s time to fund social homes instead
April 7, 2019
How much has government housing investment been cut since 2010? Headlines at the time reported that it fell by 60% and many people’s impressions are that it has since stayed at something like that level. But as the UK Housing Review has shown by looking at the detailed figures over the last four years, the […]
Category: Housing | Tags: council housing, housing finance, housing investment, homeownership, housing associations
The mess of government intervention in housing
November 22, 2018
Which housing tenure receives most subsidy? Inside Housing readers know that the question isn’t a simple one and that the obvious answer – social housing – isn’t necessarily correct. The quest for a full analysis has just been boosted by housing finance experts Peter Williams and Steve Wilcox, whose report Dreams and Reality looks not […]
Category: Housing | Tags: homeownership, housing associations, private rented sector, housing investment, housing benefit
Housing in Europe: How does Ireland compare?
September 30, 2017
Europe has become a continent of owner-occupiers. That might be the conclusion from looking at the article in this year’s UK Housing Review on the state of housing in Europe. But the real picture is more complex, revealing some interesting comparisons between Ireland and its EU neighbours. Whereas some time ago both Ireland and the […]
Category: Housing | Tags: council housing, private rented sector, homeownership, housing market
The election result may have more to do with housing than we think
June 16, 2017
Housing is often ‘the dog that doesn’t bark’ in elections but last week could it have been nipping away in the background? One of the most striking pieces of analysis of how Britain voted came from the Financial Times, which showed how pro-Conservative or pro-Labour voters were divided by age group. Those in their middle […]
Category: Housing | Tags: housing policy, homeownership, private rented sector
From rent to buy
October 14, 2016
There are signs the government may drop its focus on homeownership in response to the referendum’s economic impact and the apparent slowing down of the housing market. But is the real choice between assisting homeowners and helping tenants? Or might we get the best of both worlds? As recently as 2008, a quarter of the […]
Category: Housing | Tags: private rented sector, housing investment, rents, homeownership
Whose housing is subsidised by the taxpayer?
March 15, 2016
The government wants higher-earning council tenants to pay more rent because it’s concerned that hard-working people are “subsidising the lifestyles of those on higher than average incomes”. But have they looked carefully at whose housing is taxpayer-subsidised? And is the answer what they say it is? The UK Housing Review 2016, published this week (see […]
Category: Housing | Tags: private rented sector, housing investment, housing policy, homeownership, council housing
November 25, 2015
Will the chancellor’s bid to halt the decline in owner-occupation work? The Autumn Statement’s extra investment for housing towards the end of this parliament is very good news. We could never hope to address our national supply crisis without government action. But the way it will be configured means a massive boost to homeownership, apparently […]
Category: Housing | Tags: homelessness, housing finance, budget, housing investment, homeownership, housing market
What would a serious attempt to tackle under-occupation look like?
April 17, 2015
One of the government’s preferred names for the bedroom tax is the ‘under-occupancy penalty’. Yet the penalty only applies to under-occupation in social housing, while we know that the country needs to make much better use of its limited housing stock overall. Since the bedroom tax was introduced, it’s been clear that it is causing […]
Category: Housing | Tags: homeownership, council housing, welfare reform
A year on, who receives government subsidy for housing now?
March 4, 2013
Here’s a question with a slightly surprising answer. In the past decade 620,000 tenants have stopped receiving government subsidy, while another 841,000 and their landlords began to receive support: who are they?
Category: Housing | Tags: housing finance, homeownership
What happened to the property-owning democracy?
March 4, 2013
Home ownership among young adults is declining fast as an unwilling ‘generation rent’ takes over. But could the government be doing more to help?
Category: Housing | Tags: council housing, private rented sector, homeownership