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Housing crisis “biggest domestic policy challenge of our generation”

The Prime Minister has described solving the housing crisis as ‘the biggest domestic policy challenge of our generation’. Yet new CPS research shows the full scale of that challenge. With one year to go, the 2010s will see housebuilding figures in England come in below any decade since the Second World War.

Contributor: Robert Colvile | Published: 5 January 2019

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House market buckles but don’t blame Brexit, blame piggy bank mentality

Most UK homeowners, if they’re being honest with themselves, will say they’ve had a great run over the past five years. This period began after the market pulled its face out of the mud of a horrible 2012, when plenty of property just would not budge and prices fell throughout the year.

Contributor: Lucy Pendleton | Published: 10 December 2018

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Housebuilding targets more than six years behind

Those local authorities who have fallen behind are 9.2 years off the pace on average. Southend-on-Sea is 34 years behind, York is lagging by 25 years and Luton is running a 22 year deficit. Councils have fallen more than six years behind their own house-building targets spelling disaster for Britain’s bid to end the housing crisis.

Contributor: Joseph Daniels | Published: 7 November 2018

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Home ownership “little more than a pipe dream” for public sector workers

Owning a home has become virtually impossible for many public sector workers across Britain, according to research by UNISON. Getting a deposit together and obtaining a mortgage are often insurmountable hurdles for those living in the majority of local authority areas across England, Scotland and Wales, according to the findings.

Contributor: Dave Prentis | Published: 14 September 2018

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The jobs that will take 100 years to save for a house deposit

The online estate agent compiled a list of the 30 jobs where the average salary would mean - without some significant help from the bank of mum and dad – you’ll be saving for at least 100 years before you are in a financial position to buy an average property in the UK*.

Contributor: Sam Mitchell | Published: 29 August 2018

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Don’t ditch the LISA – it could be a great addition to the benefits package!

The Treasury Committee has called upon the Government to abolish the Lifetime ISA (LISA) stating that it has received strong criticism over its ‘complexity, its perverse incentives, its lack of complementarity with the pensions saving landscape and its apparent lack of popularity with the industry and pension savers’.

Contributor: Jonathan Watts-Lay | Published: 15 August 2018

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‘Serious’ housing problems hit highest rate in five years

UK adults are more concerned about property prices and availability today than at any point in the last five years, latest research has revealed. A massive 83% of people believe house prices are a ‘serious’ problem, up from 77% five years ago. Meanwhile 77% of respondents say availability of housing is now a major concern, up from 69% in 2014.

Contributor: Paula Higgins | Published: 28 April 2018

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Housing market in need of an energy boost

The market needs a serious energy boost from somewhere, and the Chancellor has the opportunity to do just that next week. Housing, and specifically the issue of a broken stamp duty system, should be at the top of his Autumn Budget priority fix list.

Contributor: Alex Gosling | Published: 24 November 2017

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UK housing crisis enters a critical phase

Development in Britain’s ten fastest growing towns and cities cannot keep pace with their expanding populations, according to a new analysis by Minerva Lending PLC, a listed property bond, which provides loans used by developers to convert offices into homes.

Contributor: Ross Andrews | Published: 19 November 2017