Policy area: Housing

Reports

Shifting priorities? Employer responsibility in the third year of the cost of living crisis

This report from UK think tank The Work Foundation looks at how employers are supporting their workers with rising costs. Work Foundation analysis shows that low paid workers are vulnerable to the continued cost of living crisis as only 30% of British firms plan above inflation pay rises this year. Our new report with the...

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Double jeopardy: insecurity at work and at home

This report from UK think tank the Work Foundation looks at the UK's private rented sector. This report from UK think tanks The Work Foundation looks at the UK's private rented sector. Our analysis shows that 1.4 million UK workers face the ‘double jeopardy’ of insecurity at work and at home as private rents hit...

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Beyond the comfort zone

This report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation looks at how effective planning reform is and how the UK can learn from failures elsewhere. Planning reform is of growing interest to policymakers across the Anglosphere as a way to increase the rate of housebuilding at minimal cost to the public purse. This report...

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Building consent: housing by popular demand

This report from UK think tank Localis sets out ideas for housing by popular demand in harmony with existing communities and in line with the contours of place. The contributors to Localis’s essay collection set out ideas for a hope-filled future in which the new homes and developments our country needs might be built in...

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Affordable living

This report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation looks at the role social and cooperative housing can play and what the UK can learn from other countries. High house prices are putting homeownership out of reach for many, but rising rents and insecurity of tenure make the private rental sector an undesirable long-term...

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Home win

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs discusses a future scenario where Britain has solved its housing crisis. This paper is written in the style of a report from the future (the year 2035), or more precisely, from a possible future, in which Britain has successfully solved its housing crisis. Looking...

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Let down

This report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation looks at rental regulations, subsidies and tenants’ rights across the English-speaking world. The UK’s private rental sector has grown since the 1990s, but long term renting is still not an attractive option for many due to high costs and limited renters’ rights. In this Social...

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Climate adaptation in UK homes

This report from UK think tank Green Alliance outlines the need for government to work with energy suppliers, so that residents can be prepared for a changing climate. Climate change impacts are here to stay. From record temperatures and flooding to increased levels of subsidence, worsening air pollution and even the reshaping of our coastlines,...

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A wealth of opportunities

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue offers a centre-right prospectus for spreading wealth. This book offers a fresh and radical centre-right vision to help people on modest incomes build up and pass on wealth. It includes essays from 21 leading decision makers and opinion formers from different professional, political and social backgrounds, offering...

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Home economics

This report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation discusses financial policies to increase homeownership. Homeownership is a dream for millions in countries across the Anglosphere, but rising prices have put that dream out of reach for many households. This Social Market Foundation report – the second in a series on the problem of...

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Dwelling on it

This report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation provides an overview of the scale of the housing crisis in the English speaking world. Countries across the English-speaking world are wracked by a housing crisis that is pushing the matter firmly up politicians’ agendas. This introductory paper – the first of a series of...

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Greater and greener development

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue looks at improving the development levels of UK housing in a way that is consistent with protecting the environment. The polling report provides strong policy ideas for — and a strong case to — the Government for improving the development levels of UK housing and infrastructure in...

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Living rent that works

This report from UK think tank the Centre for Social Justice looks at unlocking genuinely affordable homes for thriving lives. The Government supports those least well off through the provision of “affordable housing”. However, too often these homes do not live up to their name. Previously, we have found that less than a quarter of...

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Wealth generation

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs looks at how to boost income mobility in the UK. Many argue that income mobility is declining. This applies to all types of income mobility (relative and absolute; intergenerational and intragenerational). As remedies, those who worry and others who want to improve mobility tend...

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Graphic content

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs looks at how red tape is fuelling the cost of living crisis. Red tape significantly contributes to the higher cost of living in the United Kingdom. The Consumer Price Index increased by 80% between 2000 and 2023. However, there is significant price variability across...

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How can the Government help renters?

Ideas for improving the reality of renting for the increasing numbers doing so. The government needs to look at improving security, conditions and affordability By Darren Baxter (IPPR) Over recent decades the private rented sector has grown substantially, more than doubling in twenty years to house 20 per cent of all households. Over that period,...

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