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Our comment on May's speech

Housing

“The Prime Minister’s speech emphasises housing’s continued presence at the top of the political agenda. While the government’s renewed focus on meeting delivery rates is important, we want to see more done to support alternative types of housing."

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Our comment on latest IFS report on the decline in homeownership for middle earners

Housing

“The IFS data confirms that the housing market is simply broken for many young people from every social background. "

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Our comment on the ONS house price index

Housing

“No doubt homeowners will be pleased that house prices are rising at a slightly increased pace but this will be disheartening news for those who are striving to get on the property ladder and are already having to contend with high private-market rental prices."

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Our comment on the new housing minister

Housing

“This government has made important commitments to the housing sector over the past year and what’s needed now is continuity and stability so that these vital ambitions can be achieved.

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Budget housing announcements response

Shared ownership Housing

We welcome the clear-cut push to increase housing stock, but would have liked Mr Hammond to have acknowledged that variety is as much a problem as volume for the sector.

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The moral hazards that challenge us

Housing

Working in housing can be extraordinarily rewarding but it’s never been easy. We have always struggled in an environment where demand massively outstrips supply. We have rarely, if ever, had the resources to do everything we know needs to be done. Too often we have had to ration that which we know people need. Nearly every day we have faced moral hazards.

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Bjorn Howard on Sajid Javid 'broken housing market' speech

Housing

The housing market is broken so it’s encouraging to see the government getting on the front foot. Putting social housing at the top of the agenda is a welcome move from the secretary of state and the sector will await the green paper with interest.

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The land release fund is a welcome move from the government

Housing

“The launch of the Land Release fund is a welcome move from the government. We need to build 250,000 new houses a year to meet demand and making use of available land of all sizes is essential to achieving that. The 160,000 homes that the scheme intends to help deliver is a firm step in the right direction."

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