Tackling the under-supply of housing in England

This briefing paper considers key trends in housing supply in the UK and goes on to focus on some of the key barriers and potential solutions to increasing supply in England. It summarises proposals set out in the Housing White Paper published in February 2017 and has been updated to take account of subsequent developments, including the new Government’s commitment to increase housing supply. …

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Shared ownership (England): the fourth tenure?

This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains how shared ownership housing operates in England. It outlines Government policies to extend shared ownership, including proposals for a new national model for shared ownership and a new right to shared ownership for housing association tenants. The paper also examines the key barriers to extending shared ownership. …

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Households in temporary accommodation (England)

This briefing paper provides background information on the increase in the number of homeless households placed in temporary accommodation by English local authorities and outlines various initiatives and issues associated with the increased use of temporary accommodation. The most recent statistics were published in December 2019 and cover the period April to June 2019. …

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Leasehold and commonhold reform

This briefing paper considers trends in leasehold ownership and ongoing problems associated with the sector. The 2017 Government committed to legislate in this area “as soon as Parliamentary time allows”. The Conservative Manifesto 2019 contained a pledge to “continue with our reforms to leasehold.” The paper was updated to include new statistics released in September 2019. …

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What is affordable housing?

This briefing paper considers how affordable housing is defined in England and looks at key trends in the affordability of different tenure types. It examines the supply of affordable housing and the role of Housing Benefit in enabling households to access and retain affordable housing. The paper has been updated to include new data on housing affordability. …

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