Where Will We Live (Part 3)

House building, which is largely done by the private sector, is in a long-term decline. In 2016 around 170,000 houses were built. This is down from a peak between 1965-1970 during Harold Wilson Labour administration, where around 300,000 to 350,000 houses were being built each year. Several factors have been alluded to detailing why this might potentially be the case. In 2017 a report by the estate agent Knight Frank identified the planning system as “one of the biggest hurdles to development”. It stated that “The imbalance between the demand and supply of housing is why housebuilding has risen so...

Where Will We Live (Part 2)

In 2016 a survey conducted by Inside Housing found that since the Local Housing Act came into force in 2012, 239,793 people have been removed from the waiting lists of over 150 English councils and 42,994 new applicants have been rejected. In Northampton, research by Inside Housing found that 5,396 households were removed from their 10,500 household waiting list a year after the Local Housing Act came into force. This forces households to either choose homelessness or the private rental market, which partly due to the overall deficit in housing has seen rents grow 14.7% between January 2011 and May...

Where Will We Live? (Part 1)

Housing is one of the most pressing topics in the UK. In 2017 the Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May promised to make it her mission to fix the housing budget by increasing the affordable home’s budget by £2bn to £9bn in total leading to the building of 25,000 additional social homes in 2020 and 2021. She additionally reaffirmed her commitment to the conservative pledge made in 2015 to build 1 million houses by 2020. Roughly 169,000 homes were completed in 2015 and 217,000 were completed in 2017. She also dropped plans to cap housing benefits to all social housing which...